A wealthy, land-owning regional leader that can exercise power through patronage, military prowess, economic pull, and charisma who formed the central authority figures in Latin America during and after separation from European powers. Caudillos were men who often epitomized masculinity, often being war heroes, who sought to maintain order and ensure property rights of landowners. They were often ineffective in immediately applying the liberal ideals that motivated revolution to their fledgling countries. Many caudillos did not hold official political power, but still had authority over their areas of influence.
Written by Andrew Berta, crafted by the students of 21H.171. Sept 25th, 2017.