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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Maria da Conceição Mirandella

What a find! Browsing through Facebook, found this image on a page with Historical images of Portugal and that I follow.

This photo is of a woman that lived on Oeiras during the French Invasions and was taken in her old days, of course. Here's what it says:

«Maria da Conceição Mirandella
Was born in 1800.
Now lives in Paço de Arcos. Still does all the domestic work and sews with the help of glasses. Never was ill and in her time a very pretty girl. She saw a century pass, and is a curious live document that can be a beautiful help for the anecdotal History of the presence of D. Miguel in his court in Caxias.»

So, we can assume that at the time this picture was taken Maria da Conceição was 100 years old. Blessed be!
And here are further explanations of what you just read:

- Oeiras was Wellington's HQ at his arrival in Portugal during the 1st French Invasion in 1808 (hence this blog's name);
- This lady was 8 years old when she saw the French arrive;
- Paço de Arcos saw the body of an English sailor being washed up at its shores at the English arrival at the Tagus river (2 blog posts about it written in the past);
- D. Miguel was one of the King's sons at the time of the French occupation and that later was the opponent of his brother, D. Pedro, in the succession of the Portuguese Crown which caused a civil war in this country right after the Napoleonic Wars (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguel_I_of_Portugal)

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!


carojon said...

Wow what a great find. Pictures of people who lived during a time before photography are fascinating and the link they provide to an important period in history and the events they witnessed seem to bring those events much closer to us today.

I wonder if her relatives are around and able to relate the stories of those times that she passed on to them. Now that would be great stuff.

Thanks for posting Sara


Sara Seydak said...

Yes, it is a great find.
I wonder what this woman would have remembered form that time. Surely I would enterview her.

Debra Melfi said...

Lots of great stuff !