Maria living on the farm with her stepmother and father.
Maria enlisted herself to the Brazilian army.
She fought many years in the war.
Maria Quiteria was born in a farm in Brazil. She grew up with her dad and her stepmom. She lost her mother at the age of 10 and she is the oldest kid in the family.
Without her fathers permission, Maria signed up for the army and she fought alongside many other men. She was the only woman but she had dressed up as a man in order to get in.
Mary was a part of the army from October 1822 to June 1823. She also fought many battles again the Portuguese. Her father outed her as a woman but because of her bravery she was aloud to continue fighting.