Mercedes Ortega

24 October 1868–
Matanza, Santander, Colombia

The Life of Mercedes

Mercedes Ortega was born on 24 October 1868, in Matanza, Santander, Colombia as the daughter of Florentina Ortega Sánchez. She died in her hometown, and was buried in Matanza, Santander, Colombia.

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Florentina Ortega Sánchez
Mercedes Ortega

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World Events (3)


Age 31

Thousand Days' War. Around 120,000 people die in civil war between Liberals and Conservatives. Panama becomes an independent state.

Age 35

Panama seceded from Colombia with U.S. backing and allows U.S. control over the strip of land now known as the Panama Canal zone.

Age 71

World War II. Colombia helps the United States to keep the Panama Canal open.

Name Meaning

1 Spanish (from Galician): habitational name from Ortega in A Coruña province.2 Spanish: nickname from ortega ‘(female) black grouse’ (from Greek ortyx ‘quail’).3 Southern French (Occitan): topographic name from Occitan ortiga ‘nettle’ (Latin urtica, French ortie).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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