This paper examines the relationship between Jeremy Bentham and José Cecilio del Valle,
one of the most important leaders of Central America’s independence process. Since
this relationship has received little attention from those studying the links between
Bentham and Spanish American politicians, with the exception of Miriam Williford1, we consider that is very important to explore the influence of the utilitarian philosophy
in Central America. With this purpose in mind, we will examine the ideas expressed
in some of Valle´s writings and government projects throughout his political career
dated between 1810 and 1834 in Guatemala.