Santiago Pérez Triana (1858–1916) Colombian Man of Letters and Crusader for Hemispheric Unity

SantiagoThe son of radical Colombian president Santiago Pérez Manosalbas, Pérez Triana was forced into exile after a scandal  involving his business ventures, fleeing over the Andes and down three rivers to the Atlantic and a new life in the United  States, London, and Madrid. His marriage to the daughter of a millionaire associate of John D. Rockefeller freed him from  financial worries and permitted him to focus on journalistic endeavors, including the founding of the influential  journal Hispania. Pérez Triana seized on the movement for hemispheric unity with his support for the anti-interventionist  Drago Doctrine at the 1907 Hague Convention and his spellbinding orations at the Pan-American Financial Conference in  1915. Before his death, he became a forceful advocate for the Allied cause in the First World War, cementing his status as  one of Latin America’s most powerful voices on the world stage.

Jane Rausch, University of Massachusetts is author of numerous books including  Colombia and World War I: The Experience of a Neutral Latin American Nation during the Great War and Its Aftermath, 1914-1921 , Territorial Rule in  Columbia and the Transformation of the Llanos Orientales From Frontier Town to Metropolis: A History of Villavicencio, Colombia, since 1842  Colombia: Territorial Rule and the Llanos Frontier The Llanos Frontier in Colombian History, 1830-1930 andCo-Editor, People and Issues in Latin American History Co-Editor, Where Cultures Meet: Frontiers in Latin American History (Scholarly Resources, 1994)