Educated in Cadiz, Castro was an avid reader of early Spanish literature and became a famous forger of literary works. Most notable was El Buscapie (1844) which was attributed to Cervantes and fooled many experts at the time. Castor later became mayor of Cadiz and governor of Cadiz and Huelva. He was a member of the Academy of Fine Arts of Seville. He was also a successful theatrical critic. In 1858, he published the much acclaimed History of Cadiz and Its Province. His other works include History of Jerez (1845), History of Cadiz (1845), Grand Dictionary of the Spanish Language (1852), Philosophy of Death (1856), Ernesto Renan (1864), Language Trivia (1891) and Book of the Gallic (1898).
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