Borja, Ana de (c. 1640–1706)

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Borja, Ana de (c. 1640–1706)

Vice-queen of Peru. Pronunciation: BOR-ha. Born in Spain around 1640; died on September 23, 1706; daughter of the duke of Bejar; third wife of Pedro Fernandez de Castro, Andrade y Portugal, Count of Lemos (1634–1672).

Third wife of the Count of Lemos, Ana de Borja accompanied her husband from Spain to Peru when he was appointed viceroy of Peru in 1667. In 1668 and 1669, during the absence of the viceroy in Charcas, she was left in charge of the government, a singular event for a woman in Spanish America.

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