Vieytes, Hipólito (1762–1815)

views updated

Vieytes, Hipólito (1762–1815)

Hipólito Vieytes (b. 12 August 1762; d. 5 October 1815), journalist and political figure of Argentine independence. Born in San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires Province, Vieytes attended the well-known Real Colegio de San Carlos, where he studied law and philosophy. Committed to physiocratic doctrines and to the promotion of useful works, he spread his views by establishing various newspapers, including the Semanario de Agricul-tura, Industria y Comercio in 1802, and collaborated with Manuel Belgrano on El Correo de Comercio in 1810. Many scholars credit Vieytes with the inception of modern journalism in his country. Vieytes served in the capital as police superintendent and representative to the General Constituent Assembly in 1813. Though he is regarded as one of the intellectual authors of the Argentine independence movement, he eventually succumbed to the political instabilities of the time. Vieytes was arrested and exiled in 1815 after the overthrow of Supreme Director Carlos María de Alvear. He died in San Fernando shortly thereafter.

See alsoJournalism .


Alberto Reyna Almandos, Claros orígenes de la democracia argentina (1957).

Arturo Capdevila, Vidas de grandes argentinos, vol. 3 (1966), pp. 313-317.

Additional Bibliography

Cordero, Héctor Adolfo. Juan Hipólito Vieytes en la historia de la lucha por la independencia argentina. Buenos Aires: Instituto de Estudios Históricos de San Fernando de Buena Vista, 1997.

                                           Fidel Iglesias

About this article

Vieytes, Hipólito (1762–1815)

Updated About content Print Article