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María del Carmen Sarria

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Gender: F
Ethnic origin: Black

Biographical details

An Peruvian slave woman who was bought for 400 pesos in 1818 to work in a house. She married a soldier from the Río de la Plata regiment and was sent to work in a bakery. She fled the bakery after she was treated badly. She suffered from lung disease that her godmother claimed made her useless for work. Her owner reduced her price to 250 pesos claiming that she acted as if she were free. This offer was not taken up and so she demanded her freedom directly from Bolívar. (Blanchard, 11-12)

Life Events

Other 1818She was bought as a house slave for 400 pesos.
Other 1822She asked Bolívar for her freedom from slavery around this time.


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


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