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Benita Carrillo de Sosa

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Gender: F
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Biographical details

Born in San Carlos, Salta, on 16 March 1795, she studied in the Colegio de las Carmelitas, Catamarca, and in 1812 moved to Buenos Aires to enter the convento de las Catalinas. There, Dean Gregorio Funes decided she didn't have the temperament for a nunnery and advised her to return to Salta. She travelled to Lima with her mother. Back in Salta, she met José Ignacio Gorriti who suggested building a college and teaching French and music. Political events postponed this project from beginning until 1824, when she gave reading and French lessons. She married colonel José Manuel de Sosa, of the Unitarian party. They settled in San Carlos. Sosa took part in the failed northern coalition attack against Rosas and he was captured and imprisoned at Luján. Carrillo returned to Salta and worked as a French teacher. In 1842 she set up a school in San Carlos and worked there until Sosa returned in 1851. She died in Salta on 2 January 1880. (Sosa de Newton, 132)

Life Events

Born 1795She was born in Salta on 16 March 1795.
Other 1812She entered a Buenos Aires convent.
Other 1842She set up a school in San Carlos.
Died 1880She died in Salta on 2 January 1880.


Sosa de Newton, Lily, (1986), Diccionario biográfico de mujeres argentinas


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