1783–1864

January 10, 1783, Cadiz, Spain.

October 3, 1864, Spain.

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De Mora initially studied law, and was a professor at the University of Gra­na­da. He later joined the army, but was taken prisoner, and lived in France from 1809 to 1814. It was there he met and married a highly educated French woman, Fran­çoise De­lau­neux.

After the war he returned to Ca­diz, immersing himself in literature and translating Wal­ter Scott’s Ivan­hoe. In early 1815 he moved to Ma­drid, intending to practice law, but the lure of literature was too strong.

He translated several works from French and Eng­lish, became a journalist for Crón­i­ca Li­ter­ar­i­a y Ci­en­tí­fi­ca, which he founded in 1817 and lasted until 1820. Its sequel, El Con­st­itu­ci­o­nal, in La Mi­ner­va Na­ci­o­nal and other publications, continued to explore literary and political issues in prose and verse. He wrote for and helped direct numerous liberal newspapers in Ma­drid, earning the nickname of Lu­ca fa presto for the speed with which he produced articles.

De Mora emigrated to Lon­don in 1824, settling with other liberals in the So­mers­town district. With the editor Ack­er­mann he founded No Me Ol­vi­des, a sort of almanac in prose and verse, six volumes of which were published between 1824 and 1829. The first four had poems with translations by Mora, and the last two ​by Paul Men­di­bil. De Mora was the sole director and editor of Universal Museum of Arts and Sciences (1824–26) and the Literary and Political Mail of London, aimed primarily at His­pa­nic Americans.

De Mora went to Bue­nos Ai­res, Ar­gen­tina, in late 1826, and in 1827 led the Crón­i­ca Po­lí­ti­ca y Li­ter­ar­ia y El Con­cil­i­a­dor of his friend President Ri­va­da­via. De Mo­ra was in Chi­le between 1828 and 1831, where he organized the Li­ceo de Chi­le, founded El Mer­cur­io Chi­le­no (1828–29), a scientific and cultural journal, in collaboration with Spanish doctor Jose Pass­a­mán and Ital­i­an botanist Car­los Ber­te­ro. He also helped draft Chi­le’s 1828 constitution.

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de Mora’s burial place