Biographies
Alba, Amadeo (1928–?). An Indigenous leader from the cooperative ‘‘Atahualpa’’ on the
Pesillo hacienda in Cayambe. He attended Neptalí Ulcuango’s bilingual school and
became involved in political struggles from a young age. In the early 1960s, he traveled to
Cuba where he studied for a month and met with revolutionary leaders. He was repeat-
edly imprisoned for his actions as a communist and peasant leader in Cayambe.
Alba, Ignacio. A leader in the early organization of syndicates on the Pesillo hacienda in
the 1920s, and later a leader of the cooperative at San Pablourco.
Albamocho, Juan. A leader from Pucará on the Pesillo hacienda in the 1920s and 1930s.
He was particularly combative, and the landlords often selected him for repressive acts,
including evicting him from his huasipungo in April 1931.
Alfaro, Eloy (1842–1912). A military general who led a liberal revolution that placed
him in power on June 5, 1895. He began a process of liberal reforms that included the
confiscation of church-owned lands and the secularization of education. He was over-
thrown in a military coup in 1911 and assassinated in Quito on January 28, 1912.
Alvaro, Luis F. A secretary-general of the Comité Central de Defensa Indígena, a par-
ticipant in the founding of the fei, and an alternative to Ricardo Paredes for the position
of functional representative for the Indigenous race to the 1944 National Assembly. As
secretary-general of the fei in 1946, he worked closely with President Jesús Gualavisí.
Amaguaña, Tránsito (1909–). A principal Indigenous leader from La Chimba in north-
ern Cayambe. In 1931, she was evicted along with her family from their house in Pesillo.
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