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Josefe Tenorio

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Gender: F
Ethnic origin: Black

Biographical details

A Peruvian slave woman who wrote to San Martín in 1820 stating "the only thing I crave is freedom". She disguised herself as a man and went to enlist in the ranks of General Juan Gregorio de Las Heras. She was not allowed to fight but given a flag to carry and "to defend with honour". She later had a fighting role under general Toribio Dávalos. (Blanchard, 2, 3)

Life Events

Other 1820She wrote to San Martín stating that she craved her freedom from slavery.


Blanchard, Peter, (2004), Freedom and Family: Slave Women and the Wars of Independence in South America


Letter: Carta


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