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Enrique Mosconi


Enrique Carlos Alberto Mosconi was an Argentine military engineer, who is best known as the pioneer and organizer of petroleum surveyance and exploitation in Argentina.

Mosconi was born in Buenos Aires to Enrico Mosconi, an Italian engineer hired to build railroads, and Maria Juana Canavery, an Argentinian of Irish ascent. Enrico Mosconi founded the town of Villa Gobernador Galvez on 26 February 1888. Enrico Mosconi wanted a medical doctor son; the mother, a military son, to follow the family tradition of Angel Canavery, his uncle, who had taken part in the Conquest of the Desert. Mosconi had two older sisters and two younger brothers. Being only two years old the family moved to Italy, coming back a few years later after the death of Mosconi's mother. Enrico Mosconi re-married to Countess Maria Luisa Natti.

Once finished primary school, young Mosconi entered the Military College of the Nation on 26 May 1891, and graduated from it as an infantry sub-lieutenant on 20 November 1894, at 17 years of age. He was assigned to take charge of the 7th Infantry Regiment in Rio Cuarto, Cordoba, and he began writing a "Rulebook for Campaign Infantry", with details on the handling of explosives and instructions to build bridges. In 1896 he was promoted and transferred to Buenos Aires, where he started the Engineering career.

Related websites

A R G E N P R E S S . i n f o - Integracion petrolera latinoamericana en Enrique Mosconi (Parte I) - 10 / 8 / 2008

Mosconi, el petroleo y la independencia integral de Sudamerica

Instituto Argentino de la Energía "General Mosconi"

Historia de los Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales: Biografia de Mosconi

Lista de correo electronico Reconquista-Popular

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