Manuel Pavía y Rodríguez de Alburquerque

Manuel Pavia

Manuel Pavia y Rodriguez de Alburquerque (August 2, 1828 – January 4, 1895) was a Spanish general, born in Cadiz.He was a general that took part in the main events of the Spanish political life during the second half of the 19th century. He participated in the Revolution of 1868, that removed Isabella II out of the power and led the coup d´etat which finished with the First Republic, giving way to the Restoration and Isabella's son Alfonso XII.

Early career

His military career started in 1841 when he entered the Royal Artillery College at Segovia.[1] He became a lieutenant in 1846 and a captain in 1855.[1] Pavía returned to Spain after fighting in the Hispano-Moroccan War (1859–60) and in the European expedition of Mexico in 1862; in the latter year he was proclaimed major.[1]

His first important intervention in the Spanish history took place in January 1866, being commander under the order of the general Juan Prim. He participated in an unsuccessful mutiny against the regime of Isabella II, ruined in Madrid. Prim left the Liberal Union of O'Donnell and entered the new Progressive Party. At the end of that year, Pavía and Prim organised a mutiny with other generals, but this rebellion didn't succeed because of the lack of popular and military support.

O'Donnell sent a detachment to detain the conspirators. Prim and Pavía started an escape to Portugal, persecuted by Zavala and Echagüe. During the escape they received many support from the Spanish population.