Sunday, May 20, 2012

On May 20

On this day in ...

... 1857 (155 years ago today), Agustina de Aragón died in Ceuta, an autonomous city of Spain located on the North Coast of Africa. She'd been born on the other side of the Mediterranean, in the Catalonian city of Reus, 71 years earlier. Agustina is known as Spain's Joan of Arc for having defended her country against troops from Napoleon's France. Then 22, Agustina is said to have brought apples to soldiers at the 1808 Battle of Zaragoza, and when they fled, she began to fire the cannon against the invaders, inspiring Spaniards to return to the ramparts and repel the French. (credit for circa 1810 print, by Francisco Goya, depicting Agustina at the cannon) She led the life of a guerrillera and soldier thereafter.

(Prior May 20 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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