Juan Procopio de Bassecourt
Person - Bassecourt, Juan Procopio de (1740-1820)

Bassecourt, Juan Procopio de (1740-1820)




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Bassecourt, Juan Procopio de (1740-1820)Other forms

Dates of existence/Biographical dates:

Barcelona (España)  1740-04-22 - Barcelona (España)  1820-04-14


He was born on the 22nd of April 1740. He was the son of Catalina Inés de Bryas and Francisco de Bassecourt y Thieulaine, mariscal de campo* of the Spanish army and chief magistrate in Lleida. His father, a native from the Netherlands, was conceded the title of Count of Santa Clara by Ferdinand VI. Juan Procopi followed his father's steps and continued his military career at the Walloon Guards. Two factors motivated even more his political career: on the one hand, the connection between his family and the Bourbon dynasty and, on the other hand, his marriage to Maria Teresa Sentmenat y Copons, niece of the Marquis of Sentmenat i de Castelldosrius and descendant of a high nobility family from Mallorca and Barcelona. His political career started in 1793, after becoming a lieutenant general. He was temporarily in charge of the corregimiento** of Girona (until 1795). He was in charge of Barcelona's corregimiento throughout that year and most of 1976. Then, he was conceded the Governorship and General Captaincy of the Island of Cuba. The Count of Santa Clara began to govern Cuba on the 6th of December 1796. That period stood out for the military confrontations against Great Britain. Therefore, his priority was to defend the coasts as well as to repair and extend the fortifications throughout the square in case of assaults to the island. He ordered the construction of the moat and the city's covered road. He also ordered building a battery called "Santa Clara" between San Lázaro and La Chorrera. Moreover, he stocked up the island's coastal castles and harbours, fearing an English invasion as it had occurred in 1762. Following his predecessor's steps, he was interested in the neutral countries' general trade and in protecting it from English attacks. He cleaned up the city and transferred the slaughterhouse outside the walls. He got two drinking water sources done for the neighbours living outside the walls and the royal road. A diplomatic incident with the French revolutionaries took place when the Duke of Orleans and his siblings arrived in La Habana and he provided them lodging. Because of this, Godoy decided to relive him of Captain-General and Governor General of the Island of Cuba, and of Governor of Louisiana and Florida in May 1799. However, a couple of years later, he was named Captain-General of Catalonia in May 1802. He held this office until 1808. He died in Barcelona on the 14th of April 1820. He was the son of and Catalina Inés de Bryas and Francisco de Bassecourt y Thieulaine, "mariscal de campo" of the Spanish army and chief magistrate in Lleida. He married Maria Teresa de Sentmenat i Copons.

*The highest or one of the highest military ranks. It can also be the equivalent to the current major general.

**Term used for the territorial demarcation of the country. It was made for administrative purposes.

Internal Structure-Genealogy:

Hijo de Francisco de Bassecourt y Thieulaine, mariscal de campo del ejército español y corregidor de Lleida, y de Catalina Inés de Bryas.

Casado con Maria Teresa de Sentmenat y Copons.



Lugar de Nacimiento:

Barcelona (España) in 1740-04-22

Lugar de Defunción:

Barcelona (España) in 1820-04-14





IRLES VICENTE, María del Carmen. Los extranjeros en la administración corregimental española del Siglo XVIII. En I Coloquio Internacional "Los Extranjeros en la España Moderna", Tomo II. Málaga, Universidad, 2003, p. 448.

PIQUERAS ARENAS, José Antonio, La vida política entre 1780 y 1878, en NARANJO OROVIO, Consuelo (coord.) Historia de Cuba. Madrid, Ed. Doce Calles-CSIC, 2009, p. 277-286.

DEDIEU, Jean Pierre. Los gobernadores de Lérida, Barcelona y Gerona en el siglo XVIII. Pedralbes: Revista d'Història Moderna, 18-II (1998), p. 500.

CASTAN RANCH, Amèlia. Nobleza y poder en la Catalunya de la época moderna: una aproximación biográfica al primer marqués de Castelldosrius (1651-1710). Pedralbes. Revista d'Història Moderna, 13-2 (1993), 291.

PEZUELA, Jacobo de la. Historia de Cuba. Tomo tercero. Madrid, Imprenta Carlos Bailly-Baillière, 1878, pp. 276-316.

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Family relationships :

Bassecourt, Luis Alejandro de (1769-1826)  - Collateral (He/She is the uncle/aunt of)

Capitanía General de Cuba  ( He/She is the owner/beneficiary/president of )

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