La Mulata de Córdoba was a free African-Mexican (unlike many African-Mexicans at the time) who lived in the mountains of Veracruz.
La Mulata de Córdoba"the free witch"
La Mulata de Córdoba had a lot of knowledge in medicine and medicinal plants. Her skills helped the people in her area, where there were very few doctors.
She also was a midwife, which was much appreciated by the women in Veracruz because going through labor at home was very challenging.
La Mulata de Córdoba was sent to prison due to "witchcraft" that she was accused of by Spanish officials. She was only 17. However, she escaped and fled.
La Mulata de Córdoba's vanishing was an embarrassment to Mexican officials, so her disappearance was said to be related to witchery. Mulata was never seen again.
Mulata de Córdoba was very important to history because of the many lives she saved with either her medicinal knowledge, or by helping safely deliver a baby, when there wasn't anyone else to fulfill either roles. Malata wasn't just a 17 year old doctor and midwife, she was a healer.