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Monday, February 01, 2016

Anniversary of Agustín de Betancourt

Agustín de Betancourt y Molina (1758 - 1824)

In the church square in Puerto de la Cruz, opposite the lovely Hotel Monopol, is this statue of Agustín de Betancourt y Molina, who was born in the town on February 1st, 1758.

Betancourt was a prominent Spanish engineer, who worked in Spain, France and Russia. His work ranged from steam engines and balloons to structural engineering and urban planning. As an educator, Betancourt founded and managed the Spanish Corps of Engineers and the Saint Petersburg Institute of Communications Engineers. As an urban planner and construction manager, Betancourt supervised planning and construction in Saint Petersburg, Kronstadt, Nizhny Novgorod and other Russian cities.

Agustín de Betancourt

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