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CAJIGAL Y MONSERRATE, Juan Manuel, Cuban soldier, born in Santiago de Cuba, in 1739; died in 1Sll. He entered the army, and in 1762 went to Spain. He took part in the Spanish and English war of 1762-'3, and in the siege of Gibraltar in 1778. In 1780 he went to Cuba, and took part, in 1781, in the attack on Pensacola, Florida, by the Spanish fleet and army, where his bravery was rewarded by a brevet of lieutenant-general. He was .appointed', in 1782, governor-general of Cuba, and in the same year took from the English the City of Nassau, New Providence. Cajigal, though a good soldier, proved to be an incompetent governor, and a few months after taking possession of his office, he was recalled by the Madrid government, and was confined in a castle near Cadiz for four years. In 1789 the king of Spain reinstated him in his former rank.
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