Atanasio de Urioste de las Carreras (2 May 1798 - 5 January 1864) was a Bolivian merchant and magnate and the founder of the Urioste family. He attained a great fortune through his commerce and became one of the richest men in the nascent nation of Bolivia. His descendants include the famed Princess of La Glorieta, a very popular figure in Bolivia, Atanasio de Urioste Velasco, and the industrialist Armando Julio Urioste Arana.[1][2]

Atanasio de Urioste
José Atanasio Cecilio de Urioste de las Carreras

(1798-05-02)2 May 1798
Died5 January 1864(1864-01-05) (aged 65)
Resting placeGeneral Cemetery of Sucre
SpouseMicaela Dionisia Gómez Martínez

Life edit

He was the son of Juan Gregorio de Urioste del Valle and Eugenia Lucía de Las Carreras de los Heros, natives of what is now the metropolitan region of Bilbao, in Spain. During his childhood, the province of Vizcaya had been devastated by the Napoleonic Wars and, as such, his father would send him to Buenos Aires at the age of 14 to live under the tutelage of his maternal uncle, Don Manuel de las Carreras.

Once he was a young adult, he would move to the city of Potosí, in Bolivia, where he would establish a mercantile route connecting it to the port city of Arica. Transporting silver and other resources from Upper Peru to the global market, Urioste became very wealthy and, as such, came to be a powerful figure in the new Bolivian Republic.[3]

It was in Potosí that he founded the Casa Urioste, a house of commerce established for the mercantile route he established. This would be his main source of income and later he would expand to the mining industry.

In Potosí he would meet and later marry Micaela Dionisia Gómez Martínez, the daughter of the royal governor of Salta, Miguel Francisco Gómez.[3][4][5]

Marriage and children edit

Married to Micaela Gómez, Urioste would have six children: Melitón; Lorenza Pastora; Juan Manuel; Ezequiel; María Encarnación; and Rosa Petronila.[6] Through his eldest son, Melitón, he is an ancestor of the Princess of La Glorieta, Atanasio de Urioste Velasco, and of the magnate and industrialist Armando Julio Urioste Arana.[7]

References edit

  1. ^ Quiroga Morales, Mario (2009-12-07). "El principado de "La Glorieta"". Retrieved 2022-09-07.
  2. ^ "Historia de la familia Urioste - Rafael Urioste López - Google Books". 2002. Retrieved 2022-09-07.
  3. ^ a b "LIBRO Nº 214 Raíces 3 ENTREGADO.doc" (PDF). Retrieved 2022-09-07.
  4. ^ "Revista de estudios históricos - Google Books". 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2022-09-07.
  5. ^ "Revista chilena de historia y geografнa - Google Books". 2008-04-29. Retrieved 2022-09-07.
  6. ^ "Ver - Academia de Ciencias Genealógicas y Heráldicas de Bolivia".
  7. ^ Paseo genealógico por la Argentina y Bolivia - Juan Isidro Quesada - Google Books. 2006. ISBN 9789872130213. Retrieved 2022-09-07.