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Gertrudis Vanegas de Vásquez

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Gender: F
Ethnic origin: Unknown

Biographical details

From Machetá, Colombia, she married Vicente Vásquez, a patriot. In September 1817 she and her mother fed, housed and protected the patriot troops including the Almeyda brothers in Machetá. Vásquez was captured on 21 November 1817 at the battle of Tibirita and taken to Bogotá where he was executed 6 months later. (Monsalve, 190)

On 28 September 1817 she and her mother, María Gertrudis Romero, hid Vicente and Ambrosio Almeyda and others who had escaped from their royalist captors. She was married to Vicente Vásquez from Socorro, who was involved in the comunero rebellion. (Díaz y Díaz, 74-75).

There seem to be strong connections to "La Pola" Salavarrieta's spy network.

Life Events

Other 1817She fed and house patriot troops in September 1817.
Other 1818Her husband was executed.


Monsalve, José D, (1926), Mujeres de la independencia

Díaz y Díaz, Oswaldo, (1962), Los Almeydas: Episodios de la resistencia patriota contra el ejército pacificador de tierra firme

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


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