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Luz de Sosa de Godoy Cruz

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Gender: F
Ethnic origin: Unknown

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She was born in 1797, the daughter of Javiera Corvalán y Rozas and Joaquín de Sosa y Lima. She married Tomás de Godoy Cruz, governor of Mendoza, in 1823 in Mendoza. She supported the independence movement and collaborated with Remedios de Escalada in giving practical support to the formation of the Ejército de los Andes. She stayed in Mendoza with her children when Godoy Cruz had to emigrate to Chile. A strong-minded woman, she quarrelled with her son over Godoy Cruz's inheritance and opposed the marriage of her daughter Aurelia to Federico Mayer, and after it took place Sosa paid two assassins to kill Mayer. They killed him in front of Aurelia. Sosa was discovered and condemned to death in 1853, but family connections got the sentence reduced to 10 years imprisonment for the assassins and a fine of 2,000 pesos for Sosa. Her daughter lived in Buenos Aires with Mayer's family. She died in Mendoza in the earthquake of 20 March 1861. (Sosa de Newton, 614)

Life Events

Born 1797
Married 1823She married Tomás de Godoy Cruz in Mendoza.
Other 1853She was fined for organising the assassination of her son-in-law.
Died 1861She died in the Mendoza earthquake of 20 March 1861.


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


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