The Arizona Daily Star publishes a series of articles written by Tucson author and historian Jan Cleere, recognizing Arizona women who made their mark in the early history of the territory and the state. Some of them confronted extraordinary circumstances while others were known for their adventuresome spirits, all seeking new frontiers to explore, enrich and conquer. The articles will appear monthly and can be accessed at azstarnet.com.
July 17, 2016:
The illegitimate child of a wealthy Mexican landowner and a Tehueco Indian servant, Teresita Urrea was born in Ocoroni, Sinaloa, Mexico on October 15, 1873. She lived with her mother Cayetana Chávez who worked for her father, Don Tomás. Her full name was Niña Garcia Nona Maria Rebecca Chávez but her petite stature and lively spirit soon earned her the nickname Teresita. She was born shortly before Mexico fell under the autocracy of General Porfirio Diaz who became president in 1876. The general ordered Tomás, who refused to support Diaz, to abandon his Ocoroni homestead. Tomás settled most of his flock on his ranch in Cabora in the state of Sonora, but relocated some of his servants, including young Teresita and her mother, on his property in nearby Aquihuuiquichi. Around 1888, Don Tomás sent for the 15-year-old to live with him at Cabora. . .. Read more . . .
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