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Antonio Narino

Antonio de la Santisima Concepcion Narino y Alvarez was an ideological and one of the early political and military leaders of the independence movement in Colombia, then known as New Granada. Narino was born in Santa Fe de Bogota in 1765 and died in Villa de Leyva in 1824.

Narino was born to an aristocratic family. He was always seeking knowledge and greatly admired the political ideologies of the leaders of the American Revolution. In his impressive library there was even a portrait of Benjamin Franklin that hung above the mantle. In his youth, Narino was a strong influence amongst the progressive young people of Bogota. He was the host to many secret political gatherings which purpose was to discuss the need for independence. Narino was always one of the most out-spoken and articulate participant at these meetings, which gained him much admiration.

In 1794, Narino procured a copy of the "Declaration of the Rights of Man" which was being distributed by the French Assembly. He translated the "Declaration of the Rights of Man" from its original French into Spanish and printed several copies from his own private press. He then circulated these translated pamphlets among his politically like-minded friends. Copies of the pamphlet were distributed to all corners of the continent and created a stirring in the political mentalities of the time. The government soon discovered the material and any copy that was found was burned. Narino was sentenced to ten years imprisonment in Africa for his leading role in the political group and was exiled from South America. Narino had previously worked as a tax collector ("Recaudador de diezmos") and was also accused of fraud resulting from this activity.

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Biografia del General Antonio Narino

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