Concept

Women in warfare (1500–1699)

Summary
Women have played a leading role in active warfare. The following is a list of prominent women in war and their exploits from about 1500 up to about 1699. Only women active in direct warfare, such as warriors, spies, and women who actively led armies are included in this list. For women in warfare in what is now the United States during this time period, see Timeline of women in war in the United States, Pre-1945. Timeline of women in warfare from 1500 to 1699 1500–1550 *Early 16th century: Christopher Columbus reports being fired upon by female archers. Militarists accompanying Francisco de Orellana, Francisco Pizarro and Rodrigo de Bastidas report women fighting alongside men in South America. Various Spanish women fight as conquistadors along the men under Cortés's expedition; among them are María Estrada and Beatriz Bermúdez de Velasco. María de la Candelaria leads a revolt against the European invaders. *Early 16th century: Reign of A
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