Friday, April 08, 2011

¡Feliz cumpleaños, Pancha!

Pancha Carrasco
Born today in 1816, in Carago, Costa Rica, Francisca Carrasco Jiménez, known as Pancha. In 1856 (age 40), when William Walker and his filibusteros invaded Costa Rica, Carrasco volunteered as a cook and a medic. She is most famous for filling her apron pockets with bullets, grabbing a rifle, and joining the defending forces at the Battle of Rivas, becoming Costa Rica's first woman in the military. (Walker's forces were defeated, by the way.)



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