Seamstress Manuela Malasaña

2nd of May is Madrid’s region festivity, and they eay to remember heroes and heroines who rebelled against French occupation in 1808. One of the people who rised up was the young seamstress Manuela Malasaña.

She, along with many others, was killed by French soldiers, in the neighbourhood that nowadays bears her name. In an unequal fight, soldiers and civilians organized as guerrilla. brought face to face with the powerful French army until 1814.

Francisco de Goya, "Los fusilamientos del 3 de mayo"

Francisco de Goya, “Los fusilamientos del 3 de mayo”

The word guerrilla popuralized at that time and it’s used since then in military jargon all over the world.

While in Spain, civilians and the army struggled to get free from the invasor, in Latin America people used the opportunity to become independent from metropoli.

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