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PRADO, Juan de, Spanish soldier, born in Leon, Spain, in 1716, died about 1770. He entered the army, took part in some of the wars of Spain in Africa, and was appointed governor-general of Cuba in 1760, but did not take possession of his office until February, 1761. On 6 July, 1762, an English force under Lord Albemarle began the siege of Havana, which was finally taken on 13 August On Prado's return to Spain, the Madrid government caused him to be tried by a court-martial. He was convicted of incompetency and lack of energy in the defence of Havana, and was sentenced to death, but the sentence was commuted to ten years' imprisonment. He died in prison.
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