Aiming to shape new republics, Spanish-Americans had been looking to the United States' institutions since the late eighteenth century.
After independence, many Spanish-Americans displayed open admiration for the United States.
Many Spanish-Americans believed that building strong bonds with the United States was not only desired, but also highly convenient in terms of emulating practical educational and democratic institutions.
In 1832, the Gaceta de la Nueva Granada summarized what Spanish-Americans who sympathized with republican ideals believed.
While some Spanish-Americans debated about the controversial U.
For a long time from the early 1800s, many influential Spanish-Americans fueled images of the United States as the representation of both a powerful ally and a model of civilization worth following.