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Juana Escobar

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Gender: F
Ethnic origin: Unknown

Biographical details

She and her sister(?) Manuela, campesinas from Boyacá, worked as spies for the patriots. They watched the movements of the Spanish General Barreiro before the battle of Pantano de Vargas. They memorised messages and gave them to the División de Retaguardia. The two were captured and sent before General Barreiro; he offered to spare them if they revealed the numbers and names of those in the patriot army. They refused to betray their comrades and were shot in the back on 11 October 1819. (P Forero, 13-15)

She was shot in Gameza, Colombia, in 1819 for her part in the independence struggles. (Hincapie Borda, 155)

She worked as a messenger for the independence cause. (P. Forero, 160)

Life Events

Died 1819She was executed on 11 October 1819.


Hincapie Borda, Alicia, (2000), Tras la imagen y la presencia de Policarpa

Forero, Paulo E., (1972), Las heroinas olvidadas de la independencia

Forero, Paulo E., (1972), Las heroinas olvidadas de la independencia


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