Using a reconstruction of the history of Felipe Senillosa and his family as a point of departure, this article examines the nineteenth-century Buenos Aires entrepreneurial elite, with particular reference to the way this group developed and evolved over time. An émigré who fled from the restoration of absolutist rule in Spain after the fall of Napoleon, Senillosa arrived on the shores of the River Plate as this area moved toward independence, and in the span of a few years he worked his way into the porteño socioeconomic elite. Senillosa was able to leave his heirs a significant fortune that included not only estancias in the province of Buenos Aires but also several other economic undertakings. Senillosa’s two sons, Felipe Bonifacio and Pastor, occupied notable positions within the late-nineteenth-century Argentine upper class and were esteemed among the most prestigious rural entrepreneurs of their time....

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