Juan Zorrilla de San Martín

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Juan Zorrilla de San Martín
Uruguayan writer
Juan Zorrilla de San Martín

(1855-12-28)28 December 1855
Montevideo, Uruguay
Died3 November 1931(1931-11-03) (aged 75)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Occupation(s)Writer, poet, ambassador
  • Elvira Blanco Sienra
  • Concepción Blanco Sienra
Juan Zorrilla de San Martin Sculpture in Montevideo by his son José Luis Zorrilla de San Martín
The patriarch Juan Zorrilla de San Martin and his family
Zorrilla Museum in Montevideo

Juan Zorrilla de San Martín (28 December 1855 – 3 November 1931) was an Uruguayan epic poet and political figure. He is referred to as the "National Poet of Uruguay".[1]

Well-known poems[edit]

Two of Zorrilla's best-known poems are Tabaré (the national poem for Uruguayans) and La leyenda patria (The Fatherland Legend). He also wrote the Hymn to the Tree (Himno al Arbol) a well-known Spanish poem later made a song in several Latin-American countries.

Personal background[edit]

As a political figure Juan Zorrilla de San Martín served as a Deputy for Montevideo from 1888-91, and served as Ambassador several periods.

He was twice widowed, and left 13 children when he died, one of whom was José Luis Zorrilla de San Martín. His grandson, Alejandro Zorrilla de San Martín, was to serve as a prominent Deputy, Minister and Senator. One of his granddaughters was actress China Zorrilla. Another granddaughter, Guma Zorrilla, was a theater costume designer.


Zorrilla's home in Montevideo is now a museum.[citation needed]

He was featured in the 20,000 pesos banknote (1989-1991),[2] and is featured on the 20 pesos note (since 1994).[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 'Juan Zorrilla de San Martín', Wikipedia (in Spanish), es:Juan Zorrilla de San Martín.
  2. ^ Uruguay 20.000 Nuevos Pesos Bank note museum
  3. ^ Uruguay 20 Pesos Uruguayos Banknote.ws. Accessed 12 November 2022.

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