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Carmen Quintanilla de Alvear

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Gender: F
Ethnic origin: White

Biographical details

She was born in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain on 25 October 1793, daughter of María Joaquina Camacho and Antonio Sáenz de la Quintanilla, a coronel in the royalist army. On 26 July 1809 she married Carlos de Alvear in Cádiz and they moved to Buenos Aires, arriving on 6 March 1812. She was at the meeting at Tomasa Quintana de Escalada's house at which funds were collected to arm the independence troops. She contributed 2 ounces of gold. She was a witness at San Martín's wedding in 1812. In 1814 she and Alvear went into exile in Rio de Janeiro, returning in 1815, as authorised by the government. She was approached to become a member of the Sociedad de Beneficencia in 1825, but refused. In 1838 Alvear was sent for diplomatic duty in the United States, she never saw him again as he died in 1852. She died in Buenos Aires on 31 March 1867. (Carranza, 102-104; Sosa de Newton, 519-520)

In 1812 she was among a group of women who sewed uniforms for the patriot army. Several of these offered to buy weapons and they asked that their names be inscribed on them. Their accompanying note (below) was reproduced in the Gaceta Minist, in June 1812. (Mitre, Obras completas, VII, 16-17)

Life Events

Born 1793She was born in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain on 25 October 1793.
Married 1809She married Carlos de Alvear on 26 July 1809.
Other 1812She arrived in Buenos Aires on 6 March 1812.
Other 1812She offered to buy arms for the patriots.
Other 1814She was in exile in Rio de Janeiro from 1814 to 1815.
Other 1825She was offered a position in the Sociedad de Beneficencia.
Other 1838Her husband was sent to the United States on diplomatic duties.
Other 1852Her husband died in the United States.
Died 1867She died in Buenos Aires on 31 March 1867.


Sosa de Newton, Lily, (1986), Diccionario biográfico de mujeres argentinas

Mitre, Bartolomé, (1940), Obras completas de Bartolomé Mitre

Carranza, Adolfo P., (1910), Patricias argentinas


Letter: Carta


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