The Bolivar Railway and the Consolidation of the Port of Barranquilla (1865-1941)

Revista de Economía Instiitucional. Vol. 14, No. 26. pp. 241-266

26 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2012 Last revised: 23 Jun 2015

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Juan Santiago Correa

Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración-CESA

Date Written: July 6, 2012

Abstract

The text analyzes the process of construction and operation of the Ferrocarril de Bolívar, which despite its short length, allowed generate significant economic, political and social that generated a profound change in the dynamics of power in the Bolivar Grande, as it allowed the development of a thriving sub-region and linked to economic development in the second half of the nineteenth century and eventually led to the formation of the Atlantic Department in the early twentieth century. The study of this railroad allows a clear view of latent regional tensions and unresolved in a turbulent nineteenth-century Colombia, and presaged the danger to the weak Colombian state against the greed of investors (local and foreign) who saw railroads the opportunity to speculate with them at the expense of national interests and the weakness resulting from the lack of technical knowledge required for the construction of these routes, which resulted in negotiations deeply disadvantageous to the State.

Note: Downloadable document is in Spanish.

Keywords: Colombian railroads, foreign direct investment, Barranquilla

JEL Classification: N76, N96, F21, F22

Suggested Citation

Correa, Juan Santiago, The Bolivar Railway and the Consolidation of the Port of Barranquilla (1865-1941) (July 6, 2012). Revista de Economía Instiitucional. Vol. 14, No. 26. pp. 241-266 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2101720

Juan Santiago Correa (Contact Author)

Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración-CESA ( email )

Calle 35 No. 6-16
Bogota
Colombia

HOME PAGE: http://www.cesa.edu.co

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