Ethnic origen: White
|1839||-||Rio Grande do Sul||-||Patriot||-||Provided accommodation for Guiseppe Garibaldi whilst he oversaw the building of ships for the Republican side during the Farroupilha War.|
Antônia Gonçalves da Silva was the sister of Bento Gonçalves da Silva, the Farroupilha Republican leader in the Farroupilha War of Rio Grande do Sul (1835-45). She and her sister Ana played hostess to the famous Farroupilha mercenary Guiseppe Garibaldi at the Gonçalves da Silva family estates at Camaquã and Arroio Grande, where Garibaldi went to undertake ship-building for the Republican side on the Rio Camaquã in 1839. It was here, according to popular legend, that Bento Gonçalves’s niece Manoela met and fell in love with Garibaldi. As she was engaged to her cousin Joaquim Gonçalves da Silva, she was not allowed to marry Garibaldi and is ultimately reputed to have died disillusioned and unmarried. Garibaldi famously went on to marry another Brazilian, Ana Maria Jesus de Ribeiro.