The Forgotten Heroine Who Inspired The Greatest Liberator Of America
11 de mayo de 2018Ariel Rodriguez
She was judged for making independent decision and it was only several years after her death when she was recognized as a heroine
How she joined the rebels
Her love affair with Bolivar
How exactly did Bolivar and Saenz came to fall in love is still a mystery, yet some say it was love at first sight. Despite their age difference (Bolivar was 15 years older) and the fact people talked behind their backs, she decided to follow him in his military campaigns.Whenever they were apart, they would send each other love letters that could have been easily interpreted as war reports or military strategies, since Saenz took control of Bolivar's most precious archive. She was also present during his strategic military meetings and in fact her presence in key battles allowed her to move up the ranks, from lieutenant, captain, and colonel, to second-in-command.
How she became the “Libertadora del Libertador.”
On September 25, 1825, a pair of assassins were ordered to murder Bolivar. According to the story of how it all went down that night, Saenz prevented this from happening by throwing herself against the hitmen. This gave Bolivar time to escape through a window. Anything could had happened that night, she could had even ended up dead. Yet, she didn't hesitate and she saved the life of the man she a loved, and who would become a driving force for independence across the whole continent.
Like many other women from her era, Saenz stood on the sidelines but her power and influence are unquestionable. She went against the current by rebelling against her family and following her beliefs. No matter the slurs thrown at her person, she forged on, intent on liberating entire nations and supporting the ideals of her partner. She spent the rest of her days in exile after Bolivar's death and what she learnt at the convent would serve her later on, as she would translate documents for sailors. She is La Libertadora of the whole of the Americas, a historical figure well worth remembering.
Images taken from the film El Libertador
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