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María Ana Gómez de la Cortina

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Gender: F
Ethnic origin: White

Biographical details

From Mexico, the countess of La Cortina was mother of the Conde de la Cortina (born 1779). As an elderly widow, she founded the community of Las Hermanas de San Vicente de Paul with 10 Spanish sisters and a mother superior. The casa was set up in the Colegio de las Bonitas in which illegitimate daughters were housed to protect them from prostitution. Doña María extended this community to include four hospitals. The institution was abolished by President Lerdo de Tejada in 1874. (Domenella, 364-365)

She asked the Sisters of Charity to come to Mexico to staff Mexico City’s hospitals and to establish schools for artisans’ daughters in Mexico. (Arrom, 48)

Life Events

Other 1779Her son, the Conde de la Cortina was born.


Domenella, Ana Rosa, and Pasternac, Nora, (1997), Las voces olvidadas: Antologia critica de narradoras mexicanas en el siglo XIX

Arrom, Silvia Marina, (1985), The women of Mexico City, 1790-1857

Davies, Catherine, Brewster, Claire and Owen, Hilary, (2006), South American Independence. Gender, Politics, Text


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