Manuela Sáenz Biography

Activist, Activist (1797–1856)
Manuela Saenz is best known for being the mistress of South American liberator Simon Bolivar, sharing in his revolutionary activities.


Manuela Saenz, born in Quito, New Granada[Ecuador] during Spanish colonial rule. She was born the illegitimate daughter of a Spanish gentleman, creating many obstacles for her to overcome. Upon meeting Simon Bolivar, revolutionary leader against Spanish rule, she joined his movement to liberate South America.

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