27 de Septiembre del 2014
Vicente Ramón Roca
Vicente Ramón Roca

Personajes Ecuatorianos

johanna rodriguez

Reino Unido, Manchester

Vicente Ramón Roca Rodríguez was President of Ecuador from the 8th December 1845 to the 15th October 1849. He led the March Revolution, together with José Joaquín de Olmedo and Diego Noboa. His first administration was during the March Triumvirate. He was the first president from the March Era and he governed under the Constitution of 1845.

He was born in Guayaquil in 1792 and was educated at home. He took part in the 9th October Revolution. Friend of Simón Bolívar, Gran Colombia recognised him for his services as administrator of Guayaquil Municipal Revenues.

He was one of the leaders of the March Revolution of 1845 against president Juan José Flores. With this revolution began a nationalist period that lasted until the crisis between 1858 and 1860. This period, known as “marcista”, had the premise of “Ecuador for Ecuadorians” but ended in a crisis, with the country divided into four nations. From 1830 until 1845, General Flores maintained the country united thanks to his mediation in economic interest of the Coast and the Sierra.

This March period mean tan opening to democracy, independence from foreign militarism and more attention to black people and native Ecuadorians.

Roca integrated the Commission that wrote the first Constitution. He served in Guayaquil as senator in four occasions and governed the province of Guayas in 1836. He co-led the March Revolution of 1845 but he left the presidency being poor and he was exiled to Peru in 1851. He died in Guayaquil, at the age of 66.

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