Florencio Basaldua papers
Scope and Contents
BSQAP 0160 1850 - 1910
Photographs and correspondence.
Typewritten copy of Florencio Basaldua’s Prehistoria e Historia de la destrucción de la Civilización de Amérika por los Bárbaros del Este.
Books: Florencio Basaldua’s Prehistoria e Historia de la destrucción de la Civilización de Amérika por los Bárbaros del Este” and other books.
BSQAP 0163 1900
Notebook of copied letters called Interinato del Gobernador F. de Basaldua -Junio a Noviembre de 1900-Territorio Nacional de Chubut.
Three big albums, two of them are from Social Clubs in Chile and the other is an autobiography.
1928-1929, Album de los Clubs Sociales de Chile, The album of the Chile's Social Clubs
1925, Album del Club de la Union Santiago de Chile, The album of the Santiago de Chile's Union Club
1901, Album: Pasado, Presente y Porvenir del Territorio. Misiones. Por el ingeniero F. de Basaldua 1901. First edition., The territory's past, present and future. By the engineer F. de Basaldua
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Biographical / Historical
Florencio de Basaldúa, born in Bilbao in 1853, was a Basque migrant to South America. In 1868, he moved to Montevideo, Uruguay, and then to Buenos Aires, Argentina. He married Diolinda Núñez in 1876. The couple had four daughters. Florencio worked as an engineer and land surveyor, which led to him traveling all around Argentina. He held the position of Argentinian commissioner in the World’s Colombian Exposition of Chicago (1893), where he won a prize for his invention of a corn harvester, Euskaria, and in the Universal Exposition of Paris (1900). In 1900, Florencio was appointed the secretary-general and interim governor of the Chubut Territory. He acted as the Argentinian consul between 1909 and 1911 in the East Indies.
Florencio constantly participated in the activities of the Argentinian Basque community and the preservation of its heritage. He published his theories on the origins of the Basque language and people in the newspaper La Prensa. His views and those of his critic, Miguel de Unamuno, continue to be debated today. He published several essays in the cultural magazine La Baskonia. He wrote several books, such as Erné, Leyenda Kántabro-Americana (1893), Memorias sobre la Raza Roja en la Prehistoria Universal (1910) and Prehistoria e historia de la civilización indígena de América y su destrucción por los bárbaros del este (1925). He died in 1932 in Chubut, Argentina.
Source: EUSKONEWS. Florencio de Basaldúa. Un vasco argentino. [Online] http://www.euskonews.com/0487zbk/kosmo48701es.html AUNAMENDI. Florencio de Basaldua. [Online] http://aunamendi.eusko-ikaskuntza.eus/eu/basaldua-florencio-de/ar-11738/
2.25 Cubic Feet (5 boxes)
Language of Materials
Photos and personal correspondence of Florencio Basaldua, a notebook and a story, a manuscript and two books written by him. It also includes three big albums, two of them are from Social Clubs in Chile and the other is an autobiography.
Published materials transferred to the rare book collection of the Jon Bilbao Basque Library. Photographs transferred to the photograph collection of the Jon Bilbao Basque Library.
- A guide to the Papers of Florencio Basaldua
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- Iñaki Arrieta Baro
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