- Rider(s):Morazan, Francisco
(1792 –1842) was President of the Federal Republic of Central America from 1830 to 1839. Before he was president of Central America he was head of state of Honduras. He rose to prominence at the legendary Battle of La Trinidad in 1827. Since then, and until his execution in 1842, Morazán dominated the political and military scene of Central America. In the political arena, Francisco Morazán was recognized as a visionary and great thinker, as he attempted to transform Central America into one large and progressive nation. He enacted liberal reforms in the new Federal Republic of Central America, including freedom of the press, speech and religion. Morazán also limited church power. These reforms made him some powerful enemies, and his period of rule was marked by bitter infighting between liberals and conservatives. But through his military skills, Morazán was able to keep a firm grip on power until 1837, when the Federal Republic became irrevocably fractured. In order to protect their own interests conservative leaders rallied around the leadership of Rafael Carrera (see Panama). It ended up in the division of Central America into five nations.
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