Alberni, Pedro de

ALBERNI, Pedro de, army officer (b 30 Jan 1747, Tortosa, Spain; d 11 Mar 1802, Monterey, CA). He arrived in New Spain with the Company of Catalonian Volunteers and became commanding officer in 1783. In 1789 Spain decided to establish a post in NOOTKA SOUND; Alberni led 76 soldiers accompanying Francisco ELIZA to Friendly Cove, arriving in April 1790. They fortified the harbour but the hard work, poor diet and wet climate weakened the corps. Alberni continued to develop the settlement, however,...

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