Freemasonry was a key factor in the construction of nation-states in Latin America. Unlike in other countries, Mexican Freemasons and Freemasonry were directly involved in government and politics throughout the entire century. This talk will analyze how Freemasonry contributed to the formation of a public sphere, the construction of the new political systems, and how Freemasons, among other politicians and intellectuals, fought to consolidate secular states in Catholic countries. In this sense, the study of Freemasonry will be seen as a way to understand the political systems, cultural traditions, and intellectual developments in the history of Mexico during the 19th century.
Maru Vazquez, Ph.D.
- University of California Los Angeles
- Department of Geography