El Ferrocarril de Bolívar y la Consolidación del Puerto de Barranquilla (1865-1941) (The Bolivar Railway and the Consolidation of the Port of Barranquilla (1865-1941))
Revista de Economía Institucional, Vol. 14, No. 26, 2012
26 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2012
Date Written: July 11, 2012
The text analyzes the process of construction and operation of the Ferrocarril de Bolívar, which despite its limited extension, generated significant economic activity and a profound change in the dynamics of power in the “Bolivar Grande” (which included several of today’s Colombian departments), as it allowed the thriving development of one of its subregions in the second half of the nineteenth century. The study of the construction contracts for this railroad provides a clear view of the Colombian states vulnerability with respect to greedy investors, who saw in railroads an opportunity for financial speculation.
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Keywords: Colombian railroads, foreign direct investment, Barranquilla
JEL Classification: N76, N96, F21, F22
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