Juan León Mera

Juan León Mera Martínez was an Ecuadorian poet, novelist, essayist, politician and painter. He was born in Ambato, Ecuador on June 28, 1832 and died in the same city on December 13, 1894. In 1865 he penned the lyrics for Ecuador’s National Anthem “¡Salve, Oh Patria!” and in 1879 he wrote the novel Cumandá which is regarded as Ecuador’s first full-length novel. He was a member of the Ecuadorian Academy of Language, and a corresponding member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Language.

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