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Ana MarĂ­a del Rosario PĂ©rez Cotapos y de la Lastra de Carrera

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Gender: F
Ethnic origin: White

Biographical details

Born on 18 February 1794, she married Juan JosĂ© Carrera (brother of Javiera Carrera). She organised tertulias in Santiago de Chile to promote national sovereignty. She may also have fought in battles along with Javiera Carrera. (GuiñazĂș, 37)

Juan José Carrera was executed on 8 April 1819, Pérez Cotapos later married Justo Salinas, a wealthy landowner with a large estate "at the foot of the mountains of Angostura". She had several children. She died suddenly, a result of a fall around 1832. (Sutcliffe, 322, 330-331.)

Grez quotes Mary Graham's description of PĂ©rez Cotapos when the latter was aged 32. More than a women, she was "un sueñode esos que aparecen en la fantasĂ­a del romance. Sus ojos cautivaban y seducĂ­an a la vez; poseĂ­a una boca que ningĂșn pintor ni el cincel de la esculotra habrĂ­a igualado en las Hebes y Gracias imaginadas por el arte". (Grez, 53.)

After the battle of Rancagua (1814) the Carreras were sent to San Luis, escorted by San MartĂ­n's troops. Cotapos was with them. After the Carrera brothersÂŽ imprisonment, she petitioned San MartĂ­n and O'Higgins for their release and pardon. She managed to convince O'Higgins to order a stay of execution, but the news of it reached Mendoza after the brothers had been executed. (Clissold, 93, 133-135, 169)

Life Events

Born 1794She was born on 18 February 1794.
Other 1814She fled Chile with her family and was escorted to San Luis by San MartĂ­n's troops.
Other 1819Her husband was executed in Mendoza on 8 April 1819.
Died 1832She died after a fall around 1832.

References

Sutcliffe, Thomas, (1841), Sixteen Years in Chile and Peru, From 1822 to 1839

Arambel Guinazu, Maria Cristina , Martin, Claire Emilie, (2001), Las mujeres toman la palabra: Escritura feminina del siglo XIX. Volume: 1

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

Clissold, Stephen, (1968), Bernardo O'Higgins and the Independence of Chile

Davies, Catherine, Brewster, Claire and Owen, Hilary, (2006), South American Independence. Gender, Politics, Text


Publications

Letter: Carta

Letter: Carta

Letter: Carta


Links

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