Sarmiento and Marti

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Throughout the late 1800’s Latin America struggled through a time period of revolution and innovation. Leaders of this change worked tirelessly for success on their vision for the proper improvement of there respective countries. In Argentina, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento was an Argentine writer, intellectual, statesman as well as becoming the seventh President of Argentina. He fought for a higher level of European education in addition to a modernization and Europeanization for all of his country for the people of Argentina. In Cuba, Jose Marti was a tremendous and outstanding writer and revolutionary philosopher who fought for the independence and liberation of Cuba from Spain and effectively preserving the traditional Latin America. By 1895 both Domingo Faustino Sarmiento and Jose Marti were dead, but their two differing views on the direction of which Latin America should be headed lived on. Ten years later in 1905 the vision of Sarmiento was the seemingly stronger path of Latin America’s future.

Domingo Faustino Sarmiento nitpicked and dissected Latin America in an extremely particular way. Judging everything from social behavior to economic strategy to a multitude of governmental policies. Sarmiento’s reasoning for his views came from this analysis and study of foreign and domestic cultures spanning from the United States to Russia and back to the myriad of persons in Argentina. He determined that dress and behavior of a certain country to help influence the mindset of progress and create a certain morale amongst the people to innovate into a progressive European style nation. In order for Argentina to become a civilized nation Sarmiento believed it was imperative to institute policies and innovations that would bring a blossoming prosperity Argentina and a simultaneous stimulation of progress in all facets of life. These improvements would include new government legislation and regulations that bring control and order under a constitution and...
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