Eloy Alfaro was president of Ecuador at the turn of the 20th century. He is credited with building the country’s unity, education, railroad and infrastructure but he also suppressed the Catholic Church. In 1911, he was deposed. A year later, he was murdered by a mob. This monument to Eloy Alfaro is at the Alfaro City Civic Center Square on a hill known as El Centinela. The tribute overlooks Montecristi, the town best known for originating the Panama hat.