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Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador - The home of Juan León Mera in Ambato (San Juan de Ambato), Ecuador Tungurahua volcano.

Juan León Mera Martínez (June 28, 1832, Ambato—December 13, 1894) was an Ecuadorian poet, novelist, journalist, critic, politician and satirist. Mera is known as the the father of Ecuadoran literature, principally for being the author of Cumandá (1879). This is a novel about the clandestine love affair between a young woman from an Amazonian tribe, and the son of a Spanish Dominican friar. Their relationship is doubly doomed: not only because it is opposed by the girl's father, but also because it is ultimately revealed that the pair are in fact brother and sister. Yet the moral of the story is that people can change: the indigenous father, who turns out to have kidnapped the girl as a child as he also killed her lover's mother, is converted to Christianity in what are (literally) his dying breaths. Mera therefore (ostensibly) argues for the peaceful assimilation of indigenous people within the national project, by means of the twin virtues of religion and love. The novel is widely taught in Ecuadoran primary and secondary schools and is considered to be among the most important achievements of nineteenth-century Latin American literature. Mera also wrote the words to the Ecuadoran national anthem.

(Text and map of Ecuador adapted from: Juan León Mera Martínez (2008). From Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia)

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Free pictures Quinta de Mera in Ambato, Ecuador. Photos of Baños and Ambato and adjoining areas are separate.

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Entrance to Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador
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Walkway to main buildings at Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador

 

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Flowers and gardens at Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador
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A tree canopy at Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador
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The Ambato River forms a boundary of Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador
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Cactus, f lowers and gardens at Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador
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Tall trees are throughout Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador
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The Ambato River forms a boundary of Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador
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Luxurient growth at Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador
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Graffiti on cactus at Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador
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The Ambato River forms a boundary of Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador
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The Ambato River forms a boundary of Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador
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A fallen tree along the path in the gardens at Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador
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Irrigation canal for the flowers and gardens at Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador
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Graffiti on cactus at Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador
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Graffiti on palm tree at Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador
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Wild squash vines at Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador
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Picturesque bridge at Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador
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Security guard in the gardens at Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador
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Horse - drawn coach at Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador
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Quinta de Mera, Ambato, Ecuador - La casa de Juan León Mera

Juan León Mera nació en Ambato el 28 de junio de 1832 y falleció el 13 de diciembre de 1894. Hijo del Sr. Pedro Antonio Mera Gómez y de la Sra. Josefa Martínez Vásconez. Además de escritor y pintor fue también político conservador. Fue gobernador de la provincia de Cotopaxi, secretario del Consejo de Estado, senador, presidente de la Cámara del Senado y del Congreso Nacional. Creó la letra del Himno Nacional del Ecuador, y fue miembro de la Real Academia Española de la Lengua. Es considerado uno de los precursores de la novela ecuatoriana por su famosa novela Cumandá publicada en Quito en el año 1879, y luego en Madrid, en 1891. En la actualidad se puede visitar su hacienda "Quinta de Mera", ubicada en Ambato, en donde yacen todas sus pertenencias, propiedad que era parte de su vida. Otras obras del autor: Poesías (1858); Ojeada histórico crítica de la poesía ecuatoriana (1868); Mazorra; Los últimos momentos de Bolívar; Lira ecuatoriana; Fantasías; Afectos íntimos; La virgen del sol (1861); Las novias de la aldea ecuatoriana; Entre dos tíos y una tía; Porque soy cristiano; La dictadura y la restauración de la República del Ecuador. Obras póstumas: Tijeretazos y plumadas (1903); García Moreno (1904); Novelistas ecuatorianos (1909) Cumandá


(Adaptado de: Juan León Mera Martínez (2008). De Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre)


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