José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia y Velasco

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Dr. José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia y Velasco
Three-quarter-length drawing of a middle aged man with hair pulled back, in a heavy coat with large cuffs.
Lithograph of José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia with a gourd of mate and its respective bombilla
Consul of Paraguay
In office
October 12, 1813 – February 12, 1814
June 12, 1814 – September 20, 1840
Preceded byFulgencio Yegros (1813)
Fulgencio Yegros (1814)
Succeeded byFulgencio Yegros (1814)
Manuel Antonio Ortiz (1840)
Personal details
Born(1766-01-06)January 6, 1766
Yaguarón, Paraguay
DiedSeptember 20, 1840(1840-09-20) (aged 74)
Asunción, Paraguay
NationalityParaguayan
Political partyIndependent

José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia y Velasco (1766–1840) was the dictator of Paraguay. He helped Paraguay become independent from Spain. Paraguay became independent from Spain in 1811. Francia y Velasco reigned from 1814 until his death in 1840.

Francia y Velasco believed that Paraquay should be self-sufficient. During his reign, almost no goods were imported, and only yerba mate was exported. Leaves and twigs of this herb, Ilex paraguariensis, are the basis of the drink called "mate".

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Further reading[change | change source]

(An annotated publication of the archived collection of Francia's writings, the Colección Doroteo Bareiro, held by the "Archivo Nacional de Asuncion"):

  • FRANCIA, 3 Vols. 600pgs each. Asunción, Paraguay: Editorial Tiempo de Historia. 2009. ISBN 978-99953-816-4-6.

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