Gendering Latin American Independence
List All Links | List Writing | List Archives | List References | List All People

Home » Database » Search » People

Teresa Cornejo (Corneja)

Other names/titles:
Gender: F
Ethnic origin: Unknown

Biographical details

Born in San Carlos, Venezuela, she dressed as a man and took part in the battles of Gameza, Pantano de Vargas and Boyacá. (Cherpak, 222) (Cherpak gives her name as Corneja, Monsalve claims this was Josefa Cornejo.)

Monsalve claims that she died in March 1814, in San Carlos Valencia. There was a lack of water and the river was the only source. The royalist soldiers shot those who went for water; Cornejo was among them. Monsalve, 60) If this is correct, she could not have taken part in the battle of Boyacá (1819)

Life Events

Died 1814She was killed while trying to get water from the river at San Carlos?
Other 1819She dressed a up as a man and took part in the battle of Boyacá?


Lavrin, Asunción, (1978), Latin American Women: Historical Perspectives; Contributions in Women's Studies, No.3.

Monsalve, José D, (1926), Mujeres de la independencia


There is no writing by this subject in the database.


Resource id #25 (98)

Resource id #29 (4)

Resource id #33 (17)

Gendering Latin American Independence

School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Trent Building, University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 5655