Narciso Lopez, a Cuban revolutionist, born in Venezuela in 1799, garroted in Havana, Sept. 1, 1851. He was the son of a wealthy merchant, and at an early age sympathized with the national independence of South America, although he served for some time in the army of the king of Spain, from which he retired in 1822 with the rank of colonel. After the evacuation of Venezuela by the Spanish troops, he established himself in Cuba; and afterward going to Spain, he joined the constitutional party of Isabella against Don Carlos, and became successively adjutant of Gen. Valdes, governor of Madrid, and senator for Seville, but resigned his offices after the refusal of the cortes to admit the representatives of Cuba. Valdes became governor general of that island, and Lopez on returning thither was employed by him in various capacities, and also turned his attention to the exploration of copper mines. He was soon attracted by the project of throwing off the yoke of Spain, and proceeded in 1849 to the United States, where he sunk almost his whole fortune in the organization of three successive expeditions to Cuba: the so-called Round island expedition in 1849, the invasion of Cardenas in May, 1850, both of which failed, and lastly the Bahia Honda expedition, which set out in August, 1851, and which ended fatally.

Lopez, with several hundred persons of different nationalities whom he had enlisted in various parts of the United States, landed at Morillo, near Havana, where he left 200 of his men under the command of Col. Crittenden, who were soon taken by the Spaniards and shot. Lopez himself went to Las Pozas, where he succeeded in repelling an attack of the Spanish soldiers; but, isolated from his friends, he sought refuge in the mountains, where he was captured and taken to Havana. He was sentenced to death, which he met with great firmness.