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Victoria Romero de Peñaloza

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Gender: F
Ethnic origin: Unknown

Biographical details

Born in Costa Alta de La Rioja, Argentina, she was a "mujer varonil" who married caudillo Angel Vicente Peñalosa ("el Chaco") and accompanied him on his military campaigns, taking part in several battles. In 1842, during the battle of Manantial against the federals, she noted El Chaco was cornered and came to his aid, striking his opponent on the head, causing a wound from his forehead to his mouth. José Hernández claims she saved El Chaco's life. A popular rhyme describes this event: "Doña Victoria Romero, / si usted quiere que le cuente, /se vino de Tucumán /con una herida en la frente." In 1863 forces came to Olta, La Rioja, to discipline El Chaco. She and her adoptive son arrested and imprisoned them. (Sosa de Newton, 550)

Life Events

Other 1842She fought against the federales.
Other 1863She imprisoned government officials.


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


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