Battle of Majaceite

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Battle of Majaceite
Part of First Carlist War
Date 23 November 1836
Location Majaceite River, near Arcos de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain
Result Liberal victory

Carlists supporting

Infante Carlos of Spain
Liberals (Isabelinos or Cristinos) supporting
Isabella II of Spain and her regent mother Maria Christina
Commanders and leaders
Miguel Gómez Damas Ramón María Narváez y Campos

The Battle of Majaceite was a battle of the First Carlist War. Ramón María Narváez y Campos was ordered to intercept the expedition of the Carlist general Miguel Gómez Damas. Narváez left Madrid in October 1836 with three divisions, while Gómez Damas left Ronda on November 18, 1836, entering Algeciras on November 22.

On November 23, when he departed Algeciras, Gómez Damas found himself surrounded at the citadel known as Alcalá de los Gazules. Gómez Damas attempted to reach Arcos de la Frontera, but met Narváez’s army at the Majaceite River. The battle resulted with Gómez Damas’ withdrawal to Villamartín. An English commentator wrote that “it was at Majaciete that [Narváez] rescued Andalucía from the Carlist invasion by a brilliant coup de main, in a rapid but destruction action, which will not readily be effaced from the memory of the southern provinces.”[1]


  1. ^ T. M. Hughes, Revelations of Spain in 1845 (London: Henry Colburn, 1845), 124.