The Diffusion of Liberty and Democracy in Nineteenth-Century Spanish America
As many Latin American countries began to gain their independence from Spain during the nineteenth century, the Constitution of the United States frequently served as the basis for the construction of their political institutions. Florentino Gonzalez, whose work helped shape the constitutional debates in many Latin American countries, was a prominent liberal thinker as well as an active political reformer in Colombia during the first part of the nineteenth century. This conference examined the impact that Gonzalez had on constitutional dialogue both through his direct efforts as well as the potential indirect effects of his translations in South America.
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