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Josefa Aráoz de Umaña

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Gender: F
Ethnic origin: Unknown

Biographical details

From Tunja, the daughter of Antonio Aráoz y Ricaurte, sister of Domingo Aráoz.

She married Dr Joaquín Umaña, who was related to the most distinguished families in Tunja and Bogotá. He joined the independence cause from the outset and became a representative of the independent government of Tunja in 1812, Alcalde of Tunja in 1815 and chief of the cavalry in 1816. He was executed by the royalists on 24 April 1816, leaving Aráoz and their two sons, Joaquín and Juan Unaña Aráoz in poverty. In February 1820 she wrote to Bolívar (see below). (Monsalve, 181, 257)

Life Events

Other 1816Her husband was executed by the royalists on 24 April (1816?)
Other 1820She wrote to Bolívar on 28 February 1820.


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


Letter: Carta


Resource id #23 (57)

Resource id #27 (111)

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