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The powerful Lautaro Lodge

San Martín founded a secret group in Buenos Aires. Why? What were your real intentions?


The armed uprising against Mariano Moreno's followers had very complex consequences.  The  First Patriotic Government lasted shortly . In December of the same year as the revolution, a larger system called the  Big   Junta  was established. After the military uprising of Cornelio Saavedra and  Martín Rodríguez,  following a new call for elections, he established himself as executive    First   Triumvirate  . Chiclana, Sarratea and Paso would be in front. But he would be a very good friend of Rodriguez, named  Bernardino   Rivadavia  , who determined the immediate fate of the region. Named Secretary of War, the action of the new system of government depended on his strategies to survive.

Hidden messengers from the  May Revolution  brought this news to Spain.  José de San Martín  lived in Cadiz since he was 12 years old. Already older and thanks to those hidden messengers, he knew how the events had taken place between 1810 and 1811. The following year, it would be crucial for  Saint Martin.  He began his return to the  Rio de la Plata  bringing with him an unexpected baggage. The decision wasn't easy. It should be remembered that the Junta de Cádiz still considered that America belonged to  Fernando VII . Because of this detail, Don   José de San Martín   was not the only one interested in the situation that was going through the continent. An alliance between prestigious Creole soldiers, was born in Europe. His influence spread in this part of the world from Venezuela to the Rio de la Plata and from Chuquisaca to Santiago de Chile. Among all they formed what was called a  lodge,  which secretly founded the foundations of who we are.

Intellectuals were the first to take this ancient form of grouping into complex  secret   orders  . The army also, although evoking the legendary fame of the  orders of   knights  that were founded in the 12th century. Then  loggias  would appear based on very diverse ideals. Don José de San Martín, back in 1810, qualified to enter Cadiz the  Grand Lodge of the Rational Knights,  which precisely imitated medieval orders. Created in 1798 by  Francisco   de   Miranda  , Lenipotentiary Dictator and Supreme Chief of the Venezuelan States, it constituted an alternative military group to Freemasonry.  It was exclusively founded to rid South America of Spanish colonialism.  

Its members, through hard work of espionage, knew that   Fernando VII   expected to be released. The French had let him know that they did not plan to execute him because his sister Josefina Carlota would deliver a large ransom. The members of the Grand Lodge of Caballeros deduced that Ferdinand, once free, would take revenge and his reign would become a  despotic autocracy . Therefore they were to banish the viceroys who took care of their transatlantic colonies.

Some of the representatives of these Rational Knights deeply admired the Emperor   Napoleon  . Others, such as  San Martín , were more likely to encourage the development of republics while still inspired by the  French Revolution . Therefore, when the liberator of half the continent left Cádiz, he passed through London in order to meet his Superiors of Lodge and lay there the foundations of the South American War of Independence.

Once instructed, he landed in the port of Buenos Aires. He was not alone: he was accompanied by a group of South American military  brothers from the Central Lodge,  who had also formed in the Spanish army. Without knowing his intentions, the First Triumvirate opened his doors and supported him in founding the Regiment of Grenadiers on Horseback. But in his mind he hoped to apply the airtight instructions of the group to which he belonged. He had to found the local headquarters of the Rational Knights without delay. The new group was then called “ Logia   Lautaro  ”. Carlos María de Alvear, intellectual partner of  San Martín , proposed the name  Lautaro  to define the group responsible for liberating this part of America.

 Lautaro  was an Aboriginal chieftain who fought against the Spaniards in Chile. His story ended up being very famous in the colony. It clearly illustrated the struggle against the empire.

As soon as Saint Martin carried out his task, he focused all his forces on paving the way to freedom. But there was someone who was going to oppose  Lautaro   's  intentions. Nothing less than  Bernardino Rivadavia , the Secretary of War of the overthrown First Triumvirate. Many revisionist authors saw him as the representative of the interests of those who had participated in the uprising against the  Morenists  in 1811.

It is easy to deduce that it was not in San Martín's intentions to align with Rivadavia, but neither did the devastated  Morenists  turn out to be within his group.  Sanmartinian thought  would include overcoming instances of pre-existing conflicts and go beyond any sectoral interest. For that, the Liberator gathered the most pomegranate of his  lodge  and overthrew the envited Triumvirate that remained in power with very low popularity rates.

 Rivadavia   was sentenced to leave Buenos Aires  . Since then he pointed to  Alvear  and especially  San   Martín  as the mentors of a nefarious blow against America's future.

  Bartholomew  himself    Mitre  , author of three volumes about the life of Liberator San Martín, was a titanic task to reconcile his figure with that of Rivadavia. These historic books, published in the late nineteenth century   by publisher Felix Lajouane at the Mouillot printing house in Paris, were part of the   Argentine Myth  that the  authors   Romantics  tried to leave the generations who succeeded them.

Sixty years after Mitre's death, the  revisionist   movement  would understand that it was necessary to purge many of the compilations published until then, prone to subjective opinions and extreme idealization of characters and circumstances. Naked from the ideology represented by  romantic   thinkers  , they then began to see the past in a more critical way. The research did the rest, even creating different intellectual and political currents.

In the meantime, a new antinomy was being created. These two gigantic heroes unveiled their differences only and thanks to the painstaking work of the  revisionists . But was it logical that Rivadavia and St. Martin were “intimate enemies”?

New researchers put the magnifying glass on the deep disagreements that kept these men located on opposite sides since 1812. In turn, the  Logia   Lautaro  showed precisely in those days the immense power it held. He overthrew almost without opposition to an entire government. It happens that 1812 was not a simple year. There were so many aspirants to power in conflict, that society was confused. Who to support? Who to follow? A mysterious question quickly took shape within the patrician families:  was Saint Martin seeking to sentence the United Provinces to a perpetual Lautaro dictatorship or was it really in his plans to help create a new republic? 

Publication Date: 02/06/2019

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By: JO 02 June, 2019


By: carlos moran 02 June, 2019

Sumamente interesante

By: Juanpi 21 April, 2020

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Quiero saber ¿en que acontecimientos politicos tuvo una intervencion directa?

By: Maribel 02 June, 2019

Profesor Prudencstein. Ignoraba que la Logia Lautaro fuera una sucursal de los Caballeros Racionales. Ahora tiene sentido!!!!!! Gracias!!!!!!!!

By: JO 02 June, 2019

nunca, nunca, nunca, nunca me interesó la historia argentina. Mi eterno agradecimiento al profesor por hacerme entrar en la historia de nuestro querido país. Ahora espero los domingos para enterarme de todo. AHORA ME GUSTA LA HISTORIA!!!!!!!! GRACIAS GRACIAS GRACIAS

By: Jony 02 June, 2019

Mi agradecimiento. Ya lo dijeron Jo, Maribel y todos los lectores. Gracias Prudencstein. Forma parte de nuestras mañanas!!!!!!!!

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