After the foundation of Lima in 1535, it took a while for a bourgeoisie to develop in the city. When it became a political force with the independence of Peru, it formed associations like the Club of the Union in 1868 to strengthen this slavery of Lima’s main forces. The name, which includes the word “Union”, could be an indication of this unity of the inhabitants of Lima towards Spanish claims not yet completely abandoned. Another possibility is that this name only expresses a sociable encounter of a certain layer. The members were composed of the political, economic and intellectual elite, and the reception of workers was avoided. This exclusivity was achieved mainly through the monthly membership fee, which was not available to ordinary workers and artisans. Fencing and other sports activities were practiced in the club. Since 1982, women have also been admitted to the club. Today, the Union Club is a non-profit association dedicated to its members in the cultural, social and sports fields.