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Caudillos in Spanish America 1800–1850

John Lynch


The caudillo of Spanish America was both regional chieftain and, in the turbulent years of the early nineteenth century, national leader. His power base rested on ownership of land and control of armed bands. He was the rival of constitutional rulers and the precursor of modern dictators. His is a dominant figure in Latin American history. This book explores the changing perception of the caudillo — bandit chief, guerrilla leader, republican hero — and examines his multi-faceted role as regional strongman, war leader, landowner, distributor of patronage, and the ‘necessary gendarme’ who mainta ... More

Keywords: caudillo, Latin America, social order, Spanish America, social structures, landowners, Juan Manuel de Rosas, José Antonio Páez, Antonio López de Santa Anna, Rafael Carrera

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198211358
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198211358.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Lynch, author
University of London