Nicolas Estévanez de Murphy

Born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 1838, he moved to La Laguna at a very early age, which is where his family originally came from. A reputed military man, he became Governor of Madrid, Minister of War and a Member of Parliament during Spain's First Republic representing Santa Cruz de Tenerife. In 1878 the Revista de Canarias magazine published his most famous poem, divided into seven parts, in which an almond tree is mentioned as the Island's symbol. Said almond tree was in the garden of the house where his mother grew up and, although the house still stands in the district of Gracia, the tree is no more. He also published a second series of poems whose title translates as Canarian Muse; Traces of My Life and Fragments of My Memories. He died in exile in Paris.