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Isabel Riquelme

Maria Isabel Riquelme de la Barrera y Meza , was the mother of Chilean independence leader Bernardo O'Higgins. Isabel Riquelme was of Basque descent.

She was born in Chillan, the second daughter of Simon Riquelme de la Barrera Goycochea and of Maria Mercedes de Mesa y Ulloa. At the age of 16, she became pregnant by Ambrosio O'Higgins, Marquis of Osorno, future viceroy of Peru.

She married twice, firstly in 1780 to Felix Rodriguez Rojas, by whom she had a daughter Rosa Rodriguez Riquelme . Her husband died in 1782 and she married secondly to Manuel de Puga y Figueroa, by whom she had another daughter named Maria de las Nieves de Puga Riquelme in 1793.

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