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date: 24 January 2021

The Federal Republic of Central America, 1824–1840locked

  • Luis Pedro Taracena ArriolaLuis Pedro Taracena ArriolaEl Instituto de Investigación y Proyección sobre Dinámicas Globales y Territoriales (IDGT), Universidad Rafael Landívar

Summary

The Federal Republic of Central America existed for a brief but critical period in Central American history. Tension in the region between its colonial legacy and liberal aspiration and conflict between Guatemalan prevalence and state independence led to the eventual dissolution of the Federal Republic. The result was a confederate rather than a federal approach to government in which each state was sovereign in its own territory. The period convulsed with interspersed colonial and republican regimes, which reflected the politics of the heterogeneous society of the time. The imaginary unity failed and the new republics emerged, doomed to their own sovereignty.

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