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Juana Azurduy de Padilla


Dona Juana Azurduy de Padilla was born on July 12, 1780 in the town of Chuquisaca, Bolivia. She was Mestizo by ethnicity meaning she was half European (Spanish or Portuguese) and half indigenous. Her mother married into a family of property meaning she married into a more wealth family. Her father however was killed by Spanish Peninsulars, and the killer apparently got away without any repercussions. She grew up in Chuquisaca and at the age of 12 joined a convent to become a nun.She was eventually removed at the age of 17 because she rebelled far too often. She married Manuel Asencion Padilla in 1805 , a man who shared her love of the indigenous populations in Bolivia. She actually was able to speak the indigenous languages Quechua and Aymara.

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Link to the Book Chapters of: Pacho O'Donnell (1994). The Woman Lieutenant Colonel, in Spanish. Planeta: Buenos Aires.

Juana Azurduy, Bicentenario 2009 - Jenny Cardenas

Juana Azurduy - Mercedes Sosa

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