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Melchora Balandra

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Gender: F
Ethnic origin: Unknown

Biographical details

She was punished and persecuted for being the mother of José Olaya. (Guardia, 48)

A discreet, humble, modest woman from Lima who helped Olaya meet Juana Manrique de Luna so that they could deliver correspondence from Sucre to the patriots. She was an anonymous heroine whose greatest skill was her silence, she never gave any of her son's network away even after he was captured. She thus saved the lives of many women. She was imprisoned (in June 1823?) and remained in jail until independence was achieved. (García y García, 227-228)

Life Events

Other 1823She was imprisoned in June 1823, when her son was hung.


Guardia, Sara Beatriz, (1985), Mujeres peruanas: El otro lado de la historia

García y García, Elvira, (1924), La mujer peruana a través de los siglos


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