The Metro: Diego De León

One stop away from Manuel, also on Linea 6, is the Metro station Diego de León. I assumed the "de León" meant he was from that region in the north of Spain, but actually he was born in Córdoba all the way in the south. Instead it indicates he was descended from the monarchy of León. A dashing, colourful figure, he was awarded Spain's highest military honour, the Cross of Saint Ferdinand, among other medals, fighting against the Carlists. He later had to go into exile to France, but returned as part of O'Donnell's revolt of 1841, where he was captured attempting to assault the Palacio Real in Madrid. He was executed by firing squad soon after. He was 34 years old.