This amazing lady is Agustina Raimuna María Zaragoza y Domènech, known as Agustina de Aragón (1786-1857), the “Spanish Joan of Arc.” She was a brilliant young woman who fought for Spain in the Spanish War of Independence. This picture is her most famous moment, when she fired on French troops at point-blank range at the Siege of Zaragoza after the Spanish troops abandoned their posts. Her bravery inspired the troops to rally, and despite the eventual French victory in that battle, she became iconic from then on.
Agustina had hung around the Army barracks since she was 13, both because she was interested in war and because of a certain artillery gunner named Joan Roca Vila-Seca. They married for love and had a son, Eugenio, but she left Joan when the war for independence (known in English as the Peninsular War) broke out.
She was the Duke of Wellington’s only female officer and was eventually ranked a Captain. One of the commanders at the Battle of Vitòria, Agustina inarguably helped liberate Spain from France, and she survived all her wars – though her son, sadly, did not. She died at the old age of 71 in Ceuta, and is known in mythology, folklore, artwork, and most of all, history, as the heroine of Zaragoza.
 Crushworthy? I think so.

This amazing lady is Agustina Raimuna María Zaragoza y Domènech, known as Agustina de Aragón (1786-1857), the “Spanish Joan of Arc.” She was a brilliant young woman who fought for Spain in the Spanish War of Independence. This picture is her most famous moment, when she fired on French troops at point-blank range at the Siege of Zaragoza after the Spanish troops abandoned their posts. Her bravery inspired the troops to rally, and despite the eventual French victory in that battle, she became iconic from then on.

Agustina had hung around the Army barracks since she was 13, both because she was interested in war and because of a certain artillery gunner named Joan Roca Vila-Seca. They married for love and had a son, Eugenio, but she left Joan when the war for independence (known in English as the Peninsular War) broke out.

She was the Duke of Wellington’s only female officer and was eventually ranked a Captain. One of the commanders at the Battle of Vitòria, Agustina inarguably helped liberate Spain from France, and she survived all her wars – though her son, sadly, did not. She died at the old age of 71 in Ceuta, and is known in mythology, folklore, artwork, and most of all, history, as the heroine of Zaragoza.

 Crushworthy? I think so.

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