Ramón Silvestre Verea García

Category: Teacher and journalist
Birth Date: 11th November 1833 (†† 6th February 1899)
Birth Place: Curantes - A Estrada (Pontevedra)

He studied at Santiago de Compostela University and then started his ecclesiastical studies in the Seminary although he gave up in 1854. One year later, he emigrated to Cuba, where he devoted himself to teaching and journalism. In 1865, he established himself in New York, where he founded the magazine El Progreso. In 1899, he established himself in Buenos Aires.

Verea García is an unknown person for the public. He practised as a journalist in the USA and run several newspapers. Free thinker and open-minded, he had his eye on injustice, monarchies, dogmas, religious speculation and dictators, who he combated in his books. That’s why he had to leave the USA. Olimpio Arca Caldas, historian from A Estrada, has just published his biography, published by the Town Council of A Estrada and the Secretary General for the Linguistic Policy.

Ramón Verea was more than a combative journalist. According to Ricardo Gurriarán, he was an ‘artisan researcher’. He invented a calculator that could also multiply and divide and solved in ten seconds a difficult multiplication. IBM keeps the machine that revolutionized his time in its museum in New York. Despite having registered his invention, Ramón Verea died in abject poverty in Buenos Aires. The leaders of the Argentinean socialist party carried his corpse to the graveyard.


In Curantes (A Estrada) there is a memorial of Ramón Verea García.

 Work & Activities

In addition to the novels he published in Cuba (La cruz de piedra and Una mujer con dos maridos), he also published the following works: Contra el altar y el trono, Catecismo librepensador o cartas a un campesino, La religión al alcance de todos and En defensa de España. Cuestiones de Cuba y Venezuela. América para los americanos.