|Painting of Francisca Carrasco Jiménez (Pancha Carrasco) 1826-1890 |
hanging in the Juan Santamaria Cultural-Historical Museum in Alajuela, Costa Rica.
In 1856, at age 40, when William Walker and his filibusteros invaded Costa Rica, Carrasco volunteered as a cook and a medic. She filled her apron pockets with bullets, grabbed a rifle, and joined the defending forces at the Battle of Rivas. She died Dec. 31, 1890, at the age of 64.