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Florencia Guzmán

was born on 17 March 1813 in the city of La Rioja, in present day northwestern Argentina. The son of slaves, he benefited from the “libertad de Vientres” (a freedom of wombs law) sanctioned by the Asamblea Nacional Constituyente (National Constitutional Assembly), which declared free, after 31 January 1813, all children born to enslaved mothers.

Del Sacramento was the son of Melchor Sacramento and Magdalena Guzmán slaves belonging to the church of the city of La Rioja By being born free he was able to receive instruction by the clergy in reading and writing and he remained under the tutelage of the Rioja church until he was 20 years old Afterward he dedicated himself to working as an elementary schoolteacher at the Iglesia Matriz as well as the Convento de San Francisco in the same city Because of his noted abilities as a teacher del Sacramento alongside the Dominican ...