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Francisca Barrera

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Gender: F
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Biographical details

Born in 1786, she worked with other women based in a house known as Keori-chaca, Potosí, supporting the independence cause by putting patriots elsewhere in Bolivia in touch with one another, sending news and strategic plans for action. Suspicion fell on them and they were watched. Barrera and her comadre Andrea Arias were captured early one morning. There was no incriminating evidence as all documents had been removed to safety earlier that night. But the two women were tortured and presented in public, naked, whipped, their tongues were cut out, their hands were cut off and then they were shot in the plaza in 1816. A college for girls and a municipal school are named after her. (Urquidi, 218-222)

Life Events

Born 1786
Died 1816She was captured, mutilated and killed by the royalists.


Urquidi, José Macedonio, (1918), Bolivianas ilustres, heroinas, escritoras, artistas, Tomo I


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