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Ignacio de la Carrera


Ignacio de la Carrera y Cuevas (17471819) was a Chilean aristocrat, member of the First Government Junta of Chile, and father of the Carrera brothers, who were some of the most important leaders of the early Chilean struggles for independence during the period of the Patria Vieja ("Old Republic"). Ignacio de la Carrera was of Basque descent.

He was born in Santiago in 1747, the son of Ignacio de la Carrera y Ureta and Javiera de las Cuevas y Perez de Valenzuela. He inherited a very considerable fortune from his parents, specially his father, who had been a mining enterpreneur. He married Francisca de Paula Verdugo Fernandez de Valdivieso y Herrera, with whom he had four children: Javiera, Jose Miguel, Juan Jose and Luis, who all went to become some of the most important early leaders of the Chilean struggle for independence.

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