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Juan Norberto Casanova 1801 - 1871

August 27, 2009

Juan Norberto Casanova (John N Casanova/Cassanova) ?1801 - 1871 MD, was a Peruvian orthodox physician, born in Spain, and cotton impresario who converted to homeopathy, to become a member of the Northern Homeopathic Medical Association, and a Member of the North of England Southport Children’s Sanatorium,

Casanova arrived in England already a qualified homeopath (?qualified in America), and was given a warm welcome in the UK,

Casanova was a colleague of  John James Drysdale, Harvey, Adrian Stokes,

Casanova practiced in Brighton, and Guernsey, although he retired from practice to write.

Translated from Spanish: In January 1847 (in Lima Peru), Casanova began to make contracts for the manufacture of machinery with a hundred looms and other accessory to it, within certain corrections of the plan’s initial agreement with the experience. They came to be placed on the first floor two wheel hydraulic iron eighteen feet high and fifteen feet wide and weighing a total of more than fourteen hundred bushels, the second floor twenty four carding and twenty one wheels or spinners continuous he had 2904 spindles. … the third floor of winding machines, weave and thread to repair the tissues and a hundred looms to produce fine and regular gender.

Casanova boasted of paying wages. It was established, moreover, a bank of real average weekly relief and the bottom was placed at interest and was intended only for the unfortunate cases that occurred within the factory staff and members of their families. Another bank met the economy of day laborers and increased the amount.

On October 30, 1848 the first piece of woven toyuco at the factory came to be presented to President Castilla, tied with silk ribbons gift bearing the colors nationals, made by the establishment Sarretea Liman and also wrapped in elaborate national Villota and the manufacture of ready Amunátegui Castilla, on 7 November that is deposited into the National Museum. However, in 1852 the spinning and weaving factory of foreign toyucos and the difference in the price of cotton and in wages between Lima and the industrial cities. (Unfortunately, Casanova’s enterprise was to be unsuccesful)

In 1847, Casanova lived in Chile and Peru, and he obtained considerable information and eighteen hundred pesos worth of equipment  from Samuel Finley Breese Morse, enough to set up test lines in both Chile and Peru, but ultimately, he was unsuccessful in his attempt, as Manuel Carvello and Manuel Camilio Vial refused to go ahead with his ideas.

Casanova had also studied the cotton industry in America, and in 1849, he pressed hard for the development of agriculture in Peru and Chile,

In the 1840s, taking advantage of the situation of guano, Juan Norberto Casanova founded in Lima, the factory “Three Amigos”, dedicated to textile production… John Norberto Casanova in his pamphlet entitled “Economic Essay - politician on the future of the cotton manufacturing industry of Peru” (1849), he noted that economic protectionism is not was bad in itself.

Casanova wrote a paper on the Waters of Harrogate, the Waters of Southern France, Physiology and Medical Jurisprudence, Ensayo economico-politico sobre el provenir de la industria algodonera fabril del Peru, Essai sur le madar, (calotropis madarii Indico-orientalis) contenant l’histoire naturelle de cette plante, General observations respecting cholera-morbus, and he submitted cases and articles to various homeopathic publications,

Of interest:

J B Casanova was a homeopath who practiced in Pernambuco in 1873,


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