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Leona Vicario Fernández de San Salvador
Birth: Apr. 10, 1789
Mexico City
Distrito Federal, Mexico
Death: Aug. 21, 1842
Mexico City
Distrito Federal, Mexico

Mexican War of Independence Heroine. The daughter of affluent Spaniards, she was born in México, Distrito Federal, México in 1789. She was orphaned at a very young age and was raised by her maternal uncle, Lic. Agustín Pomposo Fernández. At her uncle’s law office, she met and fell in love with Andrés Quintana Roo but her uncle refused to allow them to marry because of political differences. Quintana Roo left to unite with the insurgents and she decided to collaborate with the insurgent movement; she was a messenger, helped fugitives, sent money and medicines, and helped anyway she could. In 1813 she was arrested for her participation in the movement; she had established a mail system with the insurgents, sending them up to date information from the capital, which allowed them to avoid more than a few surprises and as a result was sent to the convent of Belén de las Mochas. She was rescued from the convent and taken to San Juanico where she disguised herself as a black woman and left mounted on a donkey loaded with pulque leather without being recognized to Tlalpujahua, Michoacán where she met up with and married Andrés Quintana Roo. After her escape, the government seized all her properties and money. From that moment on she was in the fields of battle, treating the injured and helping her husband plan the strategies of war. She suffered, together with the insurgents, all kinds of dangers during the campaigns and gave birth to her first daughter in a cave. In 1818 she was arrested again but received a pardon on the condition of her leaving the struggle. With the consummation of México’s Independence, the Congress of 1822, partly returned some of the fortune that she had destined to the war of independence. (bio by: Debbie) 
Angel de la Independencia
Mexico City
Distrito Federal, Mexico
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Record added: Jun 29, 2005
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