Galvez not only kept the British from attacking Washington's army from the west, but allowed army supplies, weapons, uniforms, and medicine to flow up the Mississippi River to the Ohio River, then across Pennsylvania to the American troops.
In 1731, a Spanish commander in the Caribbean detained an English ship. He cut off the ear of the English Captain Robert Jenkins and told him to take it to his King. This began the War of Jenkins' Ear.
British Admiral Edward Vernon recruited 400 American colonists, including Lawrence Washington, George Washington's older half-brother. They sailed to Panama and captured the port city of Porto Bello.