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Benigna Saravia

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Gender: F
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Biographical details

Born in Salta on 13 February 1824, she was the daughter of Domingo Saravia, who fought for the independence cause. In 1831 the family emigrated to Bolivia, where she was educated until 1845. Put opened a school using her own resources, and later in the same in Salta, Tucumán, Jujuy and Mendoza. She was named the first female inspector of schools in the province. In 1870 the governor of Tucumán asked her to found the Colegio Sarmiento, a school for girls. In 1872 she returned to Salta and founded a religious community for the protection and education of orphaned girls. She converted her house into the Instituto de Jesús Sacramentado and served the community until 1907. She published a book called Urbanidad. A school in Salta bears her name. She died in Córdoba on 13 September 1888. (Sosa de Newton, 583-584)

Cousin of Jacoba Saravia.

Life Events

Born 1824She was born in Salta, 13 February 1824.
Other 1831She lived in Bolivia from 1831 to 1845.
Other 1870She founded a school for girls in Tucumán.
Other 1872She founded a religious community for orphaned girls in Salta.
Died 1888She died in Córdoba on 13 September 1888.


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


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