Manuela Sáenz

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Manuela Sáenz

Quito, Cantón Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
Death 23 Nov 1856 (aged 58)
Paita, Provincia de Paita, Piura, Peru
Burial Caracas, Municipio Bolivariano Libertador, Capital District, Venezuela
Memorial ID 97869907 View Source
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Ecuadorian Patriot and sentimental couple of General Simón Bolívar. She is recognized by contemporary historians as heroine of South American Independence, because she fought in battles of Pichincha and Ayacucho, being promoted to Colonel for bravery in combat. Bolivar called her as "The Liberator of the Liberator", after she risked her life to save his life of an assassination attempt. After the death of Bolívar she was exiled to Colombia and then to Jamaica. Then go back to Ecuador, but later returned to Peru, where she spent 25 years selling snuff.

Cause of death: diphtheria

She was buried in a mass grave and her remains were never recovered. On July 5, 2010, an urn containing a handful of soil from Paita, Perú, where she died, was deposited beside the remains of Simon Bolívar.