Flora Tristan was a socialist writer and activist. She was also one of the founders of modern feminism. She wrote several works, the best known of which are Peregrinations of a Pariah (1838), Promenades in London (1840), and ''The Workers' Union'' (1843).
Her complete name was Flore-Celestine -Therese-Henriette Tristan-Moscoso. Her father, Mariano Tristan y Moscoso, was an Arequipa-born Peruvian colonel of the Spanish Navy. She was the niece of Pio de Tristan, viceroy of Peru. Her mother, Anne Laisney, was French; her parents met in Bilbao, Spain during her father's stay there.
When her father died before her fifth birthday in 1807, the situation of Tristan and her mother changed drastically from the high standards of living they were accustomed to. They travelled to Arequipa in 1832 to claim her paternal inheritance, which was in possession of this uncle. She remained in the country until 16 July 1834. Though she never secured the inheritance that brought her to Peru, Tristan wrote a travel diary about her experiences during its tumultuous post-independence period. The diary was published in 1838 as ''Peregrinations d'une paria''.
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