The daughter of a Baptist minister father and a teacher mother, Mary Elizabeth Gorman was born in Ohio in 1843 and lived five years of her childhood (from 1852 to 1857) in Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico, where her father was sent to start a mission. She learned Spanish and some Keres. When she was 14 years old she moved to New York to study at the Hamilton Female Seminary in order to become a teacher. Although her father's dream was for Mary to return to New Mexico to teach, in 1863 she accepted an invitation to teach in Argentina by Domingo F. Sarmiento, then governor of the province of San Juan and later president of the nation. She would spend the rest of her life in that country.

Julyan Peard effectively chose to write a biography within the framework of the transnational...

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