Author Archives: P. C.

Corrigenda

This page is intended to log all corrections to this site. 7/18/11:  The second wife of Dr. Martinez was not related in any way to the first wife.  All references suggesting this were removed. 7/20/11:  Some wording on the Biography … Continue reading

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The Aviary

Birds, Birds, Birds!! Dr. Martinez’ Publication “El Perico” made extensive use of birds as symbols. So lets see some birds!! The Poet in “El Perico” went by the pseudonym of “The Nightingale” (Spanish: “Ruisenor”). His real name was Joseph Lapierre: … Continue reading

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Library

This page houses special documents relating to the subject matter of this site. Most are in pdf format. 1951 Biography of Dr. Martinez published in “El Telegrafo”.   The “Esmeralda Affair” was the international incident that ultimately resulted in Eloy … Continue reading

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Main Gallery

Click an album image below to start viewing photos. When you are finished simply click the full-size photo to close the slideshow. Deconstructing History – Ellis Island from hsc.tv on Vimeo. Ellis Island Video From History Chanel (2:38) More photos … Continue reading

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About the Author

I never met my grandfather Dr. Francisco X. Martinez Aguirre. I am the youngest son of his youngest daughter. She was a child just seven years old when he passed away in Ecuador in 1917 and just ten years old … Continue reading

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Ecuadorian History: further details

An excellent overview of the early 19th century background, excerpted from “Indigenous Peoples and State Formation in Modern Ecuador” by Clark and Becker: Ecuador is composed of four zones: the tropical Pacific coastal lowlands, the temperate Sierra highlands, the eastern … Continue reading

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Interim Presidents (1875-1895)

Presidents of Ecuador in the two decades1 between Garcia Moreno and Eloy Alfaro (1875-1895) President Veintimilla (1876-1883) A year after the Assassination of Gabriel Garcia Moreno, Ignacio de Veintemilla assumed the presidency of Ecuador by coup. Initially, Veintemilla was determined … Continue reading

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The “El Perico” Collection

We have 57 issues of “El Perico” on this site. Most are in the original Spanish. One is available with an English translation. Available Issues of Dr. Martinez’ publication “El Perico” Date Language Format Nov 7, 1885 Spanish Pdf (click … Continue reading

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“El Perico” (The Parakeet)

“El Perico” -or in English, “The Parakeet” is the name of a weekly publication edited and published by Dr. Martinez first for 3 months in 1885-6 and later in in 1889-1895.  In this publication, Dr. Martinez exposed the motives and … Continue reading

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Bibliography

Biography of Dr. Martinez published in El Telegrafo on the occasion of the 100-year anniversary of his birth (1951). The full text of the Ecuador Concordat of 1862 was published in the 1946 text “Readings in Latin American Civilization” which … Continue reading

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