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Josefa Baraya de Sanz de Santamaría de Montoya

Other names/titles: Do√Īa Chepa
Gender: F
Ethnic origin: White

Biographical details

An aristocratic woman from Girón, Colombia, who participated in the independence activities of 20 July 1810. (Knaster, 482.) She was among a group of women who marched to the Viceroy's palace, Bogotá, on 20 July 1810. (Monsalve, 84)

On 14 August 1810 she was among a group of women who insisted that the Viceroy and his wife, Francisca Villanova, be given safe conduct from the prisons in which they'd been held overnight and returned to the Viceroy's palace. (Monsalve, 94)

She was the daughter of Francisco Baraya y la Campa, who was governor of Girón province, and Rosalia Ricaurte (sister of Juan Esteban Ricaurte). She married Pantaleón Sanz de Santamaría, son of Francisco Javier and Petronila Prieto y Ricaurte. Her sister-in-law was Mariana Mendoza de Sanz de Santamaría. She was a staunch supporter of the independence cause and encouraged others to join. She was tall, with blue eyes and blonde hair. (Monsalve, 85-87)

The sister of General Antonio Baraya who was executed by the royalists in 1816. She and her family (María Josefa, José Ignacio and Susana Santamaría Baraya) were exiled by Morillo in August 1816. (Monsalve, 156)

She was awarded an annual pension of 400 pesos by Bolívar after independence. (Monsalve, 263)

Mother of María Josefa Sanz de Santamaría de Montoya.

Life Events

Other 1810She marched to the Viceroy's palace, Bogot√°, on 20 July 1810. On 14 August 1810 she was among a group of women who insisted the Viceroy and his wife be allowed to return to their palace.
Other 1816Her brother was executed by the royalists.


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

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


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