Manuela Sáenz, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Manuela Sáenz

Ecuadorian revolutionary heroine

Date of Birth: 27-Dec-1797

Place of Birth: Quito, Pichincha Province, Ecuador

Date of Death: 23-Nov-1856

Profession: politician, military officer, political activist

Nationality: Ecuador

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn


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About Manuela Sáenz

  • Doña Manuela Sáenz y Aizpuru (December 27, 1797 – November 23, 1856) was an Ecuadorian revolutionary heroine of South America who supported the revolutionary cause by gathering information, distributing leaflets, and protesting for women's rights.
  • Manuela received the Order of the Sun ("Caballeresa del Sol" or 'Dame of the Sun'), honoring her services in the revolution. Sáenz married a wealthy English merchant in 1817 and became a socialite in Lima, Peru.
  • This provided the setting for involvement in political and military affairs, and she became active in support of revolutionary efforts.
  • Leaving her husband in 1822, she soon began an eight-year collaboration and intimate relationship with Simón Bolívar that lasted until his death in 1830.
  • After she prevented an 1828 assassination attempt against him and facilitated his escape, Bolívar began to call her "Libertadora del libertador" ("liberator of the liberator").
  • Manuela's role within the revolution after her death generally was overlooked until the late twentieth century, presently she is recognized as a feminist symbol of the 19th century wars of independence.

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