Although the building is not related to Manuela's life in any way, her belongings and the decoration of the museum are enough to trigger the visitor's imagination. At the entrance it is possible to see enlarged copies of a few of the most passionate letters Manuela and Bolivar exchanged. The museum's director has carefully studied most of the existing historic literature about Manuela Saenz, and it would be very hard to find a better interpreter of history than this Quiteña. Through her accounts of books, letters and paintings, one gets a sense of the circumstances that shaped Manuela’s personality and that determined her fate. But most importantly one senses the dimension of the strength, the character, the idealism of a universal woman that fought for freedom in one of the most repressive historic moments of the Americas. Manuela not only participated in actual combats against the Spaniards, and conspired with Simon Bolivar; she lived as a free woman. And that is a powerful legacy for women of Latin America and the world.
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