Constanza Ascencione

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Constanza Ascencione

What we know

1856 - 1893

Adventuress, explorer and quite probably a prostitute. Followed the mining camps.


The end was here,
she thought.

The end of black, burnt
beans soaked too long—
stone-ground corn
always making
tortillas too bloody
and coffee too bitter.
Of flour-sack
dresses without
one ruffle.

It wasn’t.

Constanza Ascencione
left for the Comstock Lode
after breaking the last needle1
on Martha’s sewing machine—
the only one in town.





Echevarria, Evelio and Jose Otero.Hispanic Colorado: Four Centuries’ History
and Heritage
. Fort Collins, Colorado: Centennial Publications, 1976.
The Hispanic Contribution to the State of Colorado. Edited by Jose de Ores.
Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1976.

Portal caption and links
Drawing of a flour sack.
Rebecca Reaver

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