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María Leoncia Pérez Rojo

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Gender: F
Ethnic origin: White

Biographical details

A Spanish-born poet, the wife of naval Captain José María de Aldana y Malpico, she stayed in Montevideo while her husband and son were at sea. She was imprisoned due to her "unpatriotic activities" and her support for Ferdinand VII during the wars of independence. She wrote socio-political poems. (Knaster, 506.) She wrote a satirical poem in 1816 describing the first celebrations of independence in Buenos Aires in which she presents herself as a member of a persecuted minority. Flavio A. García found a copy of this poem, Crítica versificada de las fiestas mayas montevideanas, in the Archivo Histórico Nacional, Madrid. It was published in Revista Nacional Montevideo, 1954, Vol. 61 no.186, pp.379-388. (Davies, 123-127, 131)

Life Events

Other 1816She wrote a satirical poem describing the independence celebrations in Buenos Aires.


Knaster, Meri, (1977), Women in Spanish America: An Annotated Bibliography from Pre-Conquest to Contemporary Times

Davies, Catherine, Brewster, Claire and Owen, Hilary, (2006), South American Independence. Gender, Politics, Text


Poem: Crítica versificada de las fiestas mayas montevideanas


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