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Matias Cousino Jorquera (1810-1863) was a Chilean coal magnate and patriarch of the wealthy Cousino family. Cousino's most emblematic coal mine lied in Lota a small coastal town on the coast of the Bio-Bio Region, there steam ships that passed the Strait of Magellan could be resupplied with coal.
Matias Cousino was born in Santiago, Chile as son of Jose Agustin Cousino Zapata and Josefa de Jorquera y Alfaro, a family of Portuguese and Spanish descent.
During the War for Independence, his family lost their wealth, and Matias was forced to work at an early age. He worked in the post office of Valparaiso, where his father was the boss. He went on to succeed his father in 1828. During this time, he married Loreto Squella y Lopetegui, who died giving birth to his first son, Luis Cousino Squella. Matias Cousino studied in Santiago without excelling in his studies, but doing so in business.
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