Jose Cecilio del Valle

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José Cecilio Diaz del Valle (November 22, 1780March 2, 1834) was a philosopher, politician, lawyer, and journalist and one of the most important figures in Central America during the transition from colonial government to independence, displaying a wide-ranging expertise in public administration management.


  • America shall not lag a century behind Europe: it will stride as an equal first, and lead later; it will, in the end, be the most illuminated by the sciences just as it is most illuminated by the sun.


  • Perez Brignoli, Hector. A Brief History of Central America. Translated by Ricardo B. Sawrey and Susana Strettridi Sawrey. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989.
  • Bumgartner, Louise. Jose del Valle of Central America. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1963

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