On May 9, 1817, seven distinguished patriots from Buenos Aires arrived at Savannah on board the English cutter Hero. The number included Vicente Pazos, editor of La Crónica Argentina. Their departure from the Río de la Plata had helped rid Supreme Director Juan Martín de Pueyrredón of his most virulent detractors. Born in the province of Larecaja in Upper Peru in 1779, Pazos was descended from the Aymará Indians who resided around Lake Titicaca. After attending the Royal and Pontifical University of San Antonio de Abad in Cuzco where he received his doctorate in sacred theology in 1804, Pazos taught the Quechua language for a time at this institution. He later moved to Chuquisaca and Potosí. He was living in Buenos Aires in 1810, where, with the help of Mariano Moreno, he launched his career in journalism. An alert mind and a facile pen won for Pazos a large following as the editor, in turn, of the Gazeta de Buenos-Ayres, El Censor, and La Crónica Argentina. Although Pazos stoutly committed himself to the independence cause in Buenos Aires, he did not always approve of the methods and objectives of the different revolutionary governments. It was his editorial lambasting of Pueyrredón that resulted in his exile in 1817.
Bowman, Jr., Charles H.
"Vicente Pazos and the Amelia Island Affair, 1817,"
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