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Rosario Rosales

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She was the daughter of Juan Enrique Rosales who held high office in Santiago de Chile in around 1810 to 1812 until the Spanish re-conquest in 1814. In his 70s he was condemned to exile in a colonial prison. Rosario pleaded with the authorities to allow her to accompany her aged father, but she was refused. She then appealed to Sir Thomas Staine, commander of the British frigate, Bretona, that was anchored in Valparaiso. Moved, he promised to do all he could to help her. Grez claims that the Spanish heart yielded to the powerful English marine rather than the case of the young girl and that Rosales cried with pleasure when she learned that she would not be separated from her father. She lived with him for two years on a penal island, exposed to the elements with poor food. One night a fire destroyed their shelter, but they continued to live under the stars until the triumph of the revolution returned them to their family. (Grez, 71-73)

Life Events

Other 1814She accompanied her father into prison in exile.


Grez, Vicente, (1966), Las mujeres de la independencia


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