Antonio de Ulloa
Antonio de Ulloa y de la Torre-Giralt, FRS, FRSA, KOS (12 January 1716 – 3 July 1795) was a Spanish naval officer, scientist, and administrator. At the age of nineteen, he joined the French Geodesic Mission to what is now the country of Ecuador. That mission took more than eight years to complete its work, during which time Ulloa made many astronomical, natural, and social observations in South America. The reports of Ulloa's findings earned him an international reputation as a leading savant. Those reports include the first published observations of the metal platinum, later identified as a new chemical element. Ulloa was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1746, and as a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1751.
Antonio de Ulloa
Antonio de Ulloa y de la Torre-Giralt
12 January 1716
|Died||3 July 1795 79) (aged|
|Alma mater||Real Compañía de Guardias Marinas (Spanish Naval Academy)|
|Spouse(s)||Francisca Ramírez de Laredo|
|Fields||Astronomy, metallurgy, natural history|
|1st Spanish Governor of Louisiana|
|Preceded by||Charles Philippe Aubry|
as French Colonial Governor
|Succeeded by||Charles Philippe Aubry (Acting)|
|Allegiance|| Viceroyalty of New Spain|
Kingdom of Spain
Ulloa served the Spanish Crown as governor of Huancavelica (1758–64), in Perú, and superintendent of the quicksilver mines in the region. Following the defeat of France in the Seven Years' War, Ulloa was appointed as the first Spanish governor of Louisiana in 1766. His rule was strongly resisted by the French Creole colonists in New Orleans, who expelled him from the city in the Louisiana Rebellion of 1768. Ulloa continued to serve in the Spanish Navy, achieving the rank of vice-admiral and becoming its chief of operations.