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The Conde de Ricla Hostal is named after Ambrosio do Fuenes Villalpando, count of Ricla, born in Zaragoza, Spain; died in Madrid in1782. He was captain general of Cuba until September 1766.


The count entered the army, and in 1760 represented Spain at the court of Russia. In July 1763, after the Treaty of Paris between England and Spain was signed, the count of Ricla took possession of the island of Cuba in the name of the king of Spain as governor and captain general. He filled this office until September 1766, and during his short administration repaired the fortifications of the city of Havana, laid the foundations of the great fortress known as “La Cabaña,” organized the department of finances, the police, the militia, the hospitals, and in 1764 founded La Gaceta de la Havana (Havana Gazette). One of the most important streets in Havana is called “Calle de Ricla” in his honor.After his return in Spain, he was made Viceroy of Navarra, Capitain General of Catalonia, and during the reign of Carlos III, Secretary of War.Villalpando died in Madrid on July 15, 1782 at age 62.


Reference: Wikipedia article titled, Ambrosio do Funes Villalpando

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