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.


Conference Readings

González, Florentino. Elementos de Ciencia Administrativa. Bogotá: Imprenta de J. A. Cualla, 1840.

González, Florentino. Informe presentado por el Secretario de Estado del Despacho de Hacienda. Bogotá: New Granada Despacho de Hacienda, 1847.

González, Florentino. Informe del Secretario de Hacienda al Congreso Constitucional. Bogotá: New Granada Despacho de Hacienda, 1848.

Grimké, Frederick and Florentino González. Naturaleza y Tendencia de las Instituciones Libre. Paris: Rosa y Bouret, 1870.

Lieber, Francis. La Libertad Civil. Paris: Librería de Rosa y Bouret, 1872.

Mill, John Stuart. El Gobierno Representativo. Valparaíso: Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 1865.