PERU,Spain,Military,"The NUN LIEUTENANT" 1829!!!

Fascinating book concern of one of the most curious personages from the

hispanoamerican world:

Catalina de Erauso , also known as La Monja Alférez (English The Nun Lieutenant ) (1592, Donostia-San Sebastian , Spain —1650, Cuetlaxtla , New Spain ), was a semilegendary personality of Spain and Spanish America in the first half of the seventeenth century.

Catalina de Erauso was a Basque woman, daughter and sister of soldiers from the city of San Sebastian , Basque Country . She was expected to become a nun but abandoned the nunnery after a beating at the age of fifteen, just before she was to take her vows. She had not ever seen a street, having entered the convent at the age of four.

She dressed herself as a man , "Francisco de Loyola", and left on a long journey from San Sebastian to Valladolid . From t she visited Bilbao , w she enrolled on a ship with the assistance of other Basques. She reached Spanish America and enlisted as a soldier under the name Alonso Díaz Ramírez de Guzmán . She served under several captains, supposedly including her own brother, who never recognized her. She fought in the Valdivia Battle, in Chile.

After one fight in which she killed a man and was wounded apparently fatally, she revealed her gender in a deathbed confession. She however survived after four months of
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