The honest woman, broken leg and at home; S/c de La Palma
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The route reviews some reasons and relevant personalities in the history of women in Santa Cruz de La Palma on a tour through the main streets of the historic-artistic. Silenced by an unjust androcentrism historiography and cultural, are the lives of many anonymous women and other more known by its public recursion in the evolution of the La Palma capital over five centuries.

Among them, intellectuals such as Leocricia Pestana  Fierro, known as the White Lady, who, according to legend, still wandering at night, lost in the gardens of the Quinta Verde, her last residence, where she died on April 4, 1926. Poet and freethinker, your name fits in the history of La Palma literature from the nineteenth century and early twentieth centuries as one of the few Spanish women followers of Freemasonry. In this sense, his speech at the founding banquet of the local lodge Abora in 1874 is a real milestone.

Juana Fernández Ferraz, sister of well known educators Valeriano, Juan and Victor, has also passed to the history of literature, in his case, of Costa Rica, as one of the first women novelists of that country, author of El Espiritu del Rio work, published in San José, Costa Rica in 1912. In it, Fernandez Ferraz defends the ideal of pacifist social anarchism, very fashionable at present due to the profusion of movements that defend the popular action without violence in favor of citizenship rights in different countries of the world.

In the field of art, the visit will see to women artists as the platera María Leonardo Santa Cruz, co-author of the custody of silver for the parish of El Salvador carried out with his nephew Pedro Leonardo Escobar y Santa Cruz. In terms of patronage and artistic patronage, also include Águeda Gómez, which with its flow rate, achieved through his work as a businesswoman in the local commerce, founded the chapel of Santo Cristo de El Planto, or donors and supporters as María de el Rosario Becerra and Cosmelli, who gave all their jewels for the making of the Crown imposed to the Virgen de las Nieves in his coronation 1930 canonical.

Approximate duration: 3 hours.

Starting point: Casa de Correos, Plaza of the Muelle.

Distancia: 1.5 km.

Arrival point: Plaza of the Mall.


No presents difficulty, because it is a route in plain in urban area, except some slopes with little importance. Suitable for people with reduced mobility.