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ZEQUEIRA, Manuel de (thay-kay-ee'-rah), Cuban author, born in ilavana about 1760; died there in 1846. He entered the army when very young and sailed to Santo Domingo in 1793, when he took part in the attempts to quell the revolt of the negroes in the French part of the island. In 1813 he went to New Grenada, in 1814 he was appointed governor of the province of Rio Hacha, and he was also governor of Santa Marta in 1815 and of Cartagena in 1816. He was brevetted colonel in 1817, and returned to Havana, where he fixed his residence, he lost his reason in 1821. His first poetical essays were published in 1795 in the "Papel Periddico," of Havana, the first newspaper in Cuba. "America y Apolo," an allegorical work, appeared in 1817, and "Batalla de Cortes en la Laguna," an epic, was published in 1820. The first edition of his "Poems" appeared in New York in 1829, and a larger one was published by his son (Havana, 1852).
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