Skip to Main Content

Colombian Women Writers from the 19th Century

Introducing some of the women pioneers of writing in Colombia

Maria Martinez de Nisser

Born: 6 December, 1812

Died: 18 September, 1872

In 1841, during the War of the Supreme, Maria Martinez de Nisser and her husband energetically supported the forces of the constitutional government which faced the rebellion of Colonel Salvador Cordoba in Antioquia. Maria joined, together with her father and two brothers, the constitutional army of Braulio Henao. On May 5, 1841 she was in the government ranks at the battle of Salamina and marched with the troops in whose actions she attended fearlessly with spear in hand encouraging the combatants with her word and example. Her diary gave insight on the events leading up to the battle and afterwards as a historical writing. She was a heroine as well as a writer.


Si me pongo a reflexionar sobre la conducta de Córdova y sobre los motivos

que ha tenido para armarse contra el poder actual, el poder que es el legítimo,

y aquel mismo que le correspondió del modo más público y notorio, digo: que

ingratitud más grande no se verá nunca en el mundo; pues se le pudiera perdonar

si se quedaba en inactitud contra, o a favor de un gobierno que, en nombre de

la nación, le había colmado con tantos bienes; pero ¡haciéndose cabecilla para


 Sucesos de la Revolucion (1843)



© , Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers is an equal access/equal opportunity institution. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to direct suggestions, comments, or complaints concerning any accessibility issues with Rutgers websites to or complete the Report Accessibility Barrier / Provide Feedback form.