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Micaela Villegas

Other names/titles: La Perricholi
Gender: F
Ethnic origin: Mestizo/a

Biographical details

A Lima mestiza also known as "La Perricholi". She was an actress and mistress of Viceroy Manuel de Amat y Juniet. She scandalised Lima society when she had his son in 1769. In 1795 she married an actor. (Knaster, 33-34.)

Two plays were written against the Viceroy and his mistress: El entremes de Juanacho y Chepe and El drama de los Palanganas.

García y García gives her year of birth as 1739. She worked as an actress from 1760-1785. She married Fermín Vicente de Echarri. She died in 1819. (García y García, 176-177)

The Viceroy began his affair with her when he was aged 70 and she was 20. She was ridiculed by the Lima aristocracy and by the clergy. (Guardia, 37)

Her name derives from the Catalan pretichol, "pretty young thing" but was corrupted by opponents of the Viceroy to Perra chola, "half-breed whore". (Campbell, 164-165)

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Life Events

Other 1760She was an actress from 1760 to 1785.
Other 1769She gave birth to the Viceroy's child.
Married 1795She married an actor.
Died 1819


Knaster, Meri, (1977), Women in Spanish America: An Annotated Bibliography from Pre-Conquest to Contemporary Times

García y García, Elvira, (1924), La mujer peruana a través de los siglos

Guardia, Sara Beatriz, (1985), Mujeres peruanas: El otro lado de la historia

Socolow, Susan Migden, (1999), The Women of Colonial Latin America

Campbell, Leon, (1985), Women and the Great Rebellion in Peru, 1780-1783


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