History throws up fascinating connections between people and places. A fine example of this is the historic link between the famous British soldier Sir John Moore and the city of A Coruña, or Corunna as it was long known in England.

Where his ancestors had been part of an attack on the city of A Coruña, Sir John Moore achieved fame when he defeated a French army under Marshal Soult, thus aiding the process of liberation of the Iberian Peninsula that had been started by Spanish guerrillas and British forces under Lord Wellington.

Facing a large French invading force, Moore led the conflict northwards, where he fought successful engagements with Napoleon’s troops at strongholds in the embarkation ports of Vigo and A Coruña. The Battle of Corunna, as it became known, produced a vital victory in the Peninsular Wars (known in Spain as the War of Independence) and also cemented John Moore’s name as a master tactician, though he paid for these successes with his life.

Killed in a battle whose victory he masterminded, Sir John Moore died the hero’s death and is buried in the San Carlos Garden in the heart of the city with which he has become so strongly associated. His impressive tomb draws large numbers of British tourists to A Coruña, keen to see the battlefields and get to know the city that made Moore’s reputation. In response to this growing demand, the local authorities have launched a special brochure in English, Spanish and French that provides detailed information about the main sights and landmarks related to the battle.

In it is mentioned the special relationship between Moore and Lady Hester Stanhope, an early explorer of the Near East with whom the general is believed to have had a romantic affiliation. The project also features the collaboration of the Royal Green Jackets, a cultural-historical association with a vast body of knowledge to contribute.

The new brochures are available at the A Coruña tourist offices and online at www.turismocoruna.com