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History, Independence

isolationist policy, population of Paraguay, Francia, prey, railroad

Paraguay proclaimed its independence on May 14, 1811. Three years later Jose Gaspar Rodriguez de Francia made himself dictator and ruled absolutely until his death in 1840. Fearing that Paraguay might fall prey to stronger Argentina, Francia dictated a policy of national isolation. In the administrative reorganization following the dictator’s death, his nephew Carlos Antonio Lopez became the leading political figure. In 1844 Lopez became president and dictator. He reversed the isolationist policy, encouraged commerce, instituted many reforms, and began building a railroad. Under his rule the population of Paraguay rose to more than 1 million.



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