She Rests in Arizona

terresita-blogShe was called the Mexican Joan of Arc; she was called the Saint of Cabora—she was a teenaged healer who inspired a revolution against the Mexican government in the 1880s and was exhiled by President Dias to Arizona Territory in 1892.

Terresita eventually toured the United States, amazing audiences with her healing powers, and for a time in the early 1900s, was the most famous Mexican woman in this country.

When she came “home,” she came to Clifton, Arizona, where her grave sits inside an iron fence. Some say that when they visit, they can smell roses.

A distant relative, Luis Alberto Urrea, wrote the 2006 historical novel about her life called The Hummingbird’s Daughter.

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