Sculpture of Pedro Jordán, realized in 2009.
Brother Juan Gil, Trinitarian monk, was the person who, on September 19, 1580, managed to unite the 500 golden ducats claimed by Berber pirates who had captured Cervantes when he returned to Spain after having participated in the battle of Lepanto. The pirates were asking for this high sum of money to free Miguel de Cervantes because they had confused him with an important person from the Spanish Court, having found in his power praise cards signed by Don Juan of Austria and the Duke of Sesa, highlighting his courage in Lepanto as a soldier. Cervantes was a prisoner for five years in Argel, until Brother Juan Gil collected the money for his ransom.
During the period between the XVI and the XVIII century, the Murcia coasts were the object of important attacks carried out by the North African pirates and corsairs. Numerous towers were built along the coast to help combat or, at least, try to repel these continuous attacks, which was the consequence of the need, both of the Turkish Empire and the Spanish one, to control the trade in the Mediterranean.
The Order of the Holy Trinity, the Trinitarians, was responsible for being the intermediary with the Berber pirates for the release of the prisoners. The Pacheco Family, founder of our city, had a special relationship with this religious order. Moreover, the Dean Luis Pacheco, who founded the Parish of Torre Pacheco in 1603, leaves his legacy to his nephew Juan Pacheco. This one belongs to the Trinitarian Order and is dedicated to saving prisoners.
To commemorate this story, the sculptor Pedro Jordán represented a Trinitarian by supporting in his left hand, as a symbol of liberation, the handcuffs worn by Miguel de Cervantes.