Mariquita Sanchez de Thompson
Mariquita Sanchez de Thompson y Mendeville , born Maria de Todos los Santos Sanchez, was a wealthy woman from Buenos Aires widely known in Argentine historical tradition because the Argentine National Anthem was sung for the first time in her house, on 14 May 1813.
She married her cousin, Martin Thompson, in 1805. She authored a description of the failed British invasions of Buenos Aires in 1806 and 1807. Her writings are most valued for their illustration of the ambivalence felt by the locals regarding the invasions. She comments that the British are to be admired for such things as their good looks.
She became a widow in 1817. She re-married in 1820, this time to the French expatriate Washington de Mendeville. During the rule of Juan Manuel de Rosas, she went voluntarily to exile in Montevideo, since her son Juan was among the opposition to the government; she returned after the Battle of Caseros.
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