Father Cipriano Barace, SJ
Founder of Trinidad, Bolivia



Scott 733 Scott 960
BOLIVIA, 1986, the tercentenary of Trinidad, Scott 733
Because of one of the worst cases of hyperinflation in recent world history the stamp sold for 1.4 million bolivianos.
In 1996 it was surcharged and revalued at 60 centavos, Scott 960

The stamp shows a painting by the Bolivian artist Lorgio Vaca of Father Cipriano Barace, SJ mounted on the lead bull of the herd. He was born in Isaba (Navarre-Spain) May 5, 1641, did his studies in Valencia, entered the Jesuits in imitation of Xavier, who was from his native Navarre and to whom he had great devotion. He came to the Jesuit Province of Peru and was ordained in Lima in 1672. The rest of his life was spent in missionary work in new missionary territory including much of northern Bolivia. Barace was the founder of the mission of Trinidad (1686) and as part of his pastoral work became a cattle raiser. He acquired 200 animals (cows, mules and horses) from the families of Santa Cruz, the town closest to Trinidad, and he led them for 54 days a distance of 400 kilometers, the route is still known as the Camino Barace. Only 86 animals arrived but with them he managed to develop a prosperous stockbreeding in the region. On September 16, 1702 he was attacked and killed by natives and his body thrown into a swamp. A statue in the town square of Trinidad shows Fr. Barace with his cattle. More