The People and their History

Arampampa name comes from the Quechua word ARAMPICHANAPAMPA, whose meaning signifies Aram Escoba Pichana: a variety of wild straw, PAMPA: Flat or Plain location. Therefore, Arampampa means place or plains for a variety of wild straw broom.

Pre Colonial: The first inhabitants of the territory, the CHARCAS from North Potosi, divided themselves into 4 Ayllus or groups, thereby enabling them to extend their territory all over North Potosi, with their original authorities and their own administrative and political Legislation. The region of Arampampa was part of the ayllu of the group Chaka Chakas.

Colony: During the Spaniard period, from 1545 to 1810 the King Carlos V appointed Spaniard Captain Diego de Zenteno to found the Potosi District and consequently the latter, for a better political social economic administration, implement Encomienda. To this intent, Pedro Rioja de la Corte is appointed the Encomenderos and founded Arampampa, dividing it up into 7 encomiendas owned by his 7 children which were: Flores, Huaycuri, Quichaquicha, Umavisa, Pucara, Tacon de Caine and the Loma encomienda.

Republic: From 1825 to 1953 the Apampampanian  territory was seized, administrated and managed by the PATRONES who were owners of vast lands. The natives were subjected politically and economically to the patron’s orders, working and serving 24 hours a day. In the middles 1953 appeared the agricultural reform with the slogan “Land to the tiller is”. With the patron empire destroyed, several patrons in Arampampa were expelled or sent to exile in other places.
On November 10th, 1938 the Governor of Tenel, German Busch, under Supreme decree founded the General province General Bernandino Bilbao Rioja, , in honour and tribute of the Heroes of the Chaco War- 1932-1935.

Quechua is the most widespread native language in the region for social and economic relations (see Table 24) However there is a minimum percentage speaks Aymara. A growing minority speaks Spanish as their second language.
Castilian is spoken for trade relations in population centers (such as Capinota, Cochabamba).

Religions and Beliefs
The religion is predominantly Catholic, and there are others such as Adventist (Chojlla community), Lutherans. Pentecost (Qalachua community).
The traditions and customs revolve around the Catholic religion, festivities activities that stand out as being, Our Lady of Assumption, Tata Santiago, Lord of Exaltation and parties TRADITIONAL like Carnival, All Saints, Easter, being the civic festivities, more notorious for the campus grounds.

The history of Arampampa is still shrouded in mystery. Much of traditions that Arampampa follows is appear to be thousands of years old but yet there is no hard fact for this because no archeological investigation has been started to find out the truth and the history of Arampampa.

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