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SAGRA, Ramon de la (sah'-grah), Spanish economist, born in Coruna in 1798; died in Cartaillac, Switzerland, 25 May, 1871. After finishing his studies in Madrid he was appointed in 1822 direc-tot of the botanical garden of Havana, which post he retained for twelve years, forming several valuable collections. He also opened a class in agricultural botany and founded a model farm, which was of much benefit to the country. In 1834 he travelled through the United States. After a sojourn of several years in Paris he returned to Madrid, where he founded a magazine, and devoted himself exclusively to the study of political economy till 1848, when he went to Paris and took part in the revolution of that year. From 1854 till 1856 he was a deputy to the cortes. His works include " Hisoria econSmica, politica, y estadistica de la isla de Cuba" (ttavana, 1831); " Principios de BotSnica Agricola" (1833)" " Breve idda de la administraciSn del comercio y de las rentas, y gastos de Cuba durante los anos de 1826 £ 1836" (Paris, 1836) ; "Historia fisica, politica y natural de la isla de Cuba" (2 vols, 1837-'42 ; French translation, 1844); " Cinco meses en los Estados Unidos" (1836; French translation, 1837); " Apuntes des-tinados £ ilustrar la discusi6n del articulo adicional al proyecto de constituciSn" (Madrid, 1837); "His-toria fisica, econdmica, politica, intelectual y moral de la isla de Cuba" (Paris, 1861); "Cuba en 1860" (1862) ; "Icones plantarum in flora Cubana descrip-torum" (1863) : and "Los caracoles microscdpicos de C, uba" (1866).
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