Since the beginning of the 20th century, the story of Antonio Ante has been written together with the "Fábrica Imbabura", which was undoubtedly the most important industrial center of all those who have settled in the canton and the province. It was one of the 15 industries that were created in Ecuador in the 1930s. The factory, founded on May 6, 1924, becomes the axis of the economic development of Atuntaqui, prime sustenance of its inhabitants and center of the trade of the thread and cotton fabrics of the best quality in the country and south of Colombia. The factory began operating in 1927 with little staff processing cotton and obtaining yarn for the manufacture of fabrics that were used for the manufacture of fabrics, which were used in different textile products that were well received in the market, mainly gabardine, fabrics for covers, towels, curtains, gauze, bramante, among others. We must not lose sight of the historical contribution of the factory for around 50 years, we insist, the result of the work of its inhabitants and because it was one of the few industries that survived the depression of the 30s. His disappearance marks a "deep crisis" "in its workers and in the population in general; However, it is the most important milestone in local history, since it was only after the seventies that the efforts of the antennas to create the "Industry", the "Handicrafts" and the "Trade" that today flourish and that are the antecedent for the creation of guilds, associations, craft, industrial and commercial federations that determine the physical expansion of Antonio Ante and his Parishes
Places to visit in the canton Antonio Ante
Sanctuary of the Lord of the Holy Sepulcher
Old construction dating from the early nineties. It is located in the center of the city of Atuntaqui; on its high altar bathed in gold the image of the Most Holy is worshiped, and with special devotion that of the Lord of the Holy Sepulcher from which this majestic Sanctuary takes its name.
Due to its historical importance and its characteristics of paila shape in its summit, Pailatola was declared "Cultural Patrimony of the Nation", this one is in Av. Luis Leoro Franco of the City of Atuntaqui.
Its appearance dates back to 1200 BC; built by the Atuntaquis or Tontaquis. They are overcrowded land with different shape and volume; Among its diverse functions were those of individual and collective funeral homes, shrines, ceremonials and observatories. It reached about 12,000 in the north of the country, so it is called the region of the Pyramids and the Barrows.
Agricultural Production and tradition in Imbaya
It is the parish of Imbaya to the south of the Antonio Canton, before which it has an agricultural wealth of great importance for the province; the production of vegetables, citrus fruits and sugar cane stands out, since its climate is warm and allows it to obtain a better quality product. The traditional milling and sugarcane mill (homemade factory of panela production) is a relevant tourist attraction of the sector since its environment is cozy and very unique.
Fries, Cuyes and Ice-creams.- They are the typical dishes that have stood out in the Canton for their trajectory and acceptance in the visitors who come to this land. The delicious "fritada" of Atuntaqui "or the crispy" cuy frito "in the parish of Chaltura are accompanied by the predominant agricultural products of the region: potatoes, corn in different harvesting states to obtain the traditional toasted or mote. this banquet, the delicious "ice cream or fruit", accompanied by: panuchas, rosquetes, mojicones or sighs that will sweeten your visit to this Canton.
Important information for the visitor
When you visit Antonio Ante do not forget to bring your personal documents, very comfortable and warm clothes, comfortable shoes, camera and sunscreen.