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María de las Mercedes Santa Cruz, Comtesse de Mer (1789–1852)

Author of Mis doce primeros años

Includes the names: Maria de las Mercedes Santa Cruz y Montalvo Merlin

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Maria de las Mercedes, comtesse de Merlin, is called one of the founders of Cuban women's literature. She was born Maria de las Mercedes Santa Cruz y Montalvo into one of the leading families of the Cuban sugar aristocracy, and emigrated to Spain in 1802. In 1809, she married comte Antoine-Christophe Merlin (Merlin de Thionville), a general in Napoleon's army. Her salon in Paris attracted a wide circle of writers, artists, musicians, and Cuban travellers and exiles. She travelled back to Cuba in 1840 and wrote several books about her native island.
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