Lima Conference (1847–1848)

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Lima Conference (1847–1848)

Lima Conference (1847–1848), a meeting of representatives of the republics of Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, New Granada, and Peru at Lima. Initiated by Peruvian President Ramón Castilla, it was an attempt to revive the Bolivarian ideal of Latin American solidarity, and an early antecedent of the Pan-American Union, which sought to confront the dangers of European intervention through a defensive confederation. (In 1846 conservative Ecuadorian politician and former dictator Juan José Flores had conspired in Spain and France to establish a European monarchy in Ecuador.) The conference also considered the consequences and dangers for Latin America of the outcome of the Mexican-American War and the French and British intervention in Argentina. The Lima Conference was followed by a similar meeting in Santiago in 1856.

See alsoPan-Americanism .


Jorge Basadre, Historia de la República del Perú, vol. 2 (1963).

Additional Bibliography

Bushnell, David, and Neill Macaulay. The Emergence of Latin America in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.

St. John, Ronald Bruce. The Foreign Policy of Peru. Boulder, CO: L. Rienner Publishers, 1992.

                                      Alfonso W. Quiroz