Legacy of the Venezuelan heroine Juana “La Avanzadora” | News

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On a day like today, but in 1790, Juana Ramírez “La Avanzadora” was born in the Chaguaramas municipality, in the Guárico state, considered a pro-independence heroine. of the Venezuelan Homeland for the various battles it led in the first decades of the 19th century.

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From an enslaved black mother, Juana was raised in the family of General Andrés Rojas, her father, who freed her from slavery at birth.

From a young age, Juana Ramírez declared herself in rebellion, unleashing her passion for the Homeland, her desire for absolute freedom and her dedication for the battles against barbarism.

His participation in the offensives carried out in Maturín and nearby towns was key during the Venezuelan War of Independence.



It is in 1813 when he stands out on the battlefield under the leadership of Manuel Piar, who organized a battalion called “Battery of Women.”

On that occasion, Domingo de Monteverde with a royalist army attacked the city of Maturín, the republicans led by José Francisco Bermúdez, Manuel Piar and José Tadeo Monagas defended it.

The “Women’s Battery” battalion was so named because it was made up entirely of women from the town, who, alongside the men, fought for Independence.

It is in this battle that the name of “The Advancer” is earned for being the first to advance towards the enemy, on the battlefield it fulfills various facets such as opening the cannons, helping the wounded and bravely facing the adversary.

In 1856, at the age of 66, the illustrious Venezuelan heroine passed away, leaving a historical legacy of struggle that highlights the strength of Venezuelan women.

On July 23, 2013, the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, announced the transfer of his remains to the National Pantheon, doing justice to the honor and merit of Juana Ramírez “La Avanzadora”.

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