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Félix María Calleja del Rey

Calleja del Rey, Félix María (fāˈlēks märēˈä kälyāˈhä dĕl rā) [key], 1750–1826, Spanish general, viceroy of New Spain (1813–16), conde de Calderón. In command of the post of San Luis Potosí when the revolution under Hidalgo y Costilla broke out, he led a large force into the field and defeated Hidalgo at Aculco and at Calderón Bridge and besieged Morelos y Pavón in Cuautla (1812). As viceroy, Calleja continued to repress revolution, and by the time he left Mexico most of the insurrectionists were defeated. After his return to Spain, he held several high posts.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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