Among my favourites are Jose Gaspar Rodriguez de Francia, El Supremo, who tried to build a Rousseauian utopia in Paraguay in the 1800's. He ordered all me to raise their hats when they saw him, and for those who wore no hats, he ordered them to carry a hat brim so they would have something to raise. Then there is Melgarejo in Bolivia (poor Bolivia), who loved Paris (a city he never visited) so much that he tried to send the Bolivian Army to France's aid overland. He was stopped by the rain, not by the ocean. Or Trujillo, who in the 1930's erected a gigantic "Dios Y Trujillo" illuminated sign in the capital city, and ordered churches to carry the slogan "Trujillo on earth, God in Heaven".
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