In 1837 Mariquita Sánchez de Mendeville was so fed up with governor Juan Manuel de Rosas that she chose to leave her beloved city of Buenos Aires. Leaving was especially hard because Mariquita felt that she had played an influential role in transforming Buenos Aires from a Spanish colonial outpost into a brilliant capital in a world of republics. Juan Manuel de Rosas's version of order alienated Mariquita, who chose self-imposed exile in Montevideo over living under Rosas's stifling rule. The struggle went on for nearly two decades until Mariquita finally came home for good in 1852 while Rosas went into exile.
Mariquita's and Juan Manuel's lives corresponded with the major events and processes that shaped the turbulent beginnings of the Argentine nation, many of which also shaped Latin America and the Atlantic World during the Age of Revolution (1750-1850). Their lives provide an overarching narrative for Argentine history that both scholars and students will find intriguing.
Jeffrey M. Shumway is an associate professor of history at Brigham Young University. He is the author of The Case of the Ugly Suitor and Other Histories of Love, Gender, and Nation in Buenos Aires, 1776-1870.
"By tracing the lives of two persons who in their respective ways defy neat categorization, Shumway's book provides a fascinating tour through the tempestuous decades of postcolonial transition in what would become Argentina."--Eduardo Elena, The Americas
"Shumway has given us a tantalizing peek into the role of personal and familial relationships within postcolonial Argentine society and political life."--Pamela Murray, H-LatAm
"A fascinating journey through Argentina's nineteenth century following two remarkable, parallel lives."--Gabriel Di Meglio, University of Buenos Aires
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Introduction. Mariquita and Juan Manuel Chapter One. Growing Up in the Viceroyalty of Buenos Aires Chapter Two. Marriage Chapter Three. The English Invasions Chapter Four. Buenos Aires in the Age of Revolution Chapter Five. The Struggle for Independence Chapter Six. The Anarchy of 1820 Chapter Seven. Mariquita and the "Happy Experience" of the 1820s Chapter Eight. The Tumultuous Year of 1829 Chapter Nine. Mariquita and Juan Manuel Part Ways Chapter Ten. The Rosas Regime under Fire Chapter Eleven. Mature Exile and Mature Tyranny Chapter Twelve. New Beginnings and New Ends Epilogue. Mariquita and Juan Manuel in Argentine History and Imagination