Colombia and the Coffee Export Upsurge During the 1920's Decade: Iii. 'Modernization of the Transport Network'
18 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 1999
Date Written: 1998
Last century political class found out how difficult it was for a country like Colombia with such geographical obstacles and incipient technological developments available to conclude a viable and integrated transport network. Juan Bernardo Elbers a wealthy Danish migrant compromised his personal fortune to find out later on his life how excessive his adventure was. Connecting seaports with the hinterland represented an extreme economic possibility. Efforts to link different regions and emerging towns could be overcome exclusively interconnecting some railway lines with safer Magdalena River stream. In 1914, the first railway entered Medellin linking an expanding coffee center with the Magdalena Port of Puerto Berrio. Opening the Pacific Line was possible thanks to the expansion of coffee production in Caldas. Coffee was the history inspiration to link Colombia to the World Market.
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JEL Classification: F4, O0, O1, O5, N2
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