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Title: Demanda del Estado de Boyacá contra el gobierno nacional relativa a las minas de esmeraldas
Creator: Samper, Antonio
Publication Info: Bogotá : Imprenta de la Luz, 1885.
Physical Details: 42 p. ; 23 5/10 x 16 8/10 cms.
Physical Condition: Some dirt staining on wrappers, interior pages good.

Summary: Antonio Samper here demands from the central government the devolution of the emerald mines of Muzo and Coscuez. Samper argues that there had been judiciary ruling that ordered the mines be returned to the state and that the central government has ignored this legal provision. The document includes the laws that stipulate the jurisdiction of the state of Boyacá over its mines and the details of the dispute with the central government.
Historical Notes: The emerald mines have been a contested site since colonial times due to both disputes over the contracts for their exploitation and also to over the land disputes (traditionally these were indigenous lands). During the 19th century the government signed agreements with private sector investors for the mining and export of emeralds; these concessions often favored those close to the political elite of the country. The nationalization of the emerald mines in occurred in 1884. Amaya Guío, Germán Alberto 2006 Producción de Esmeraldas en Muzo – Boyacá Durante el Radicalismo Colombiano (Siglo XIX). Historia y Espacio Universidad del Valle 27 (Agosto):2.
Donor Notes: The State of Boyacá disputed the national government leasing of the emerald mines of Muzo and Coscuez. - J.L.H.

Subject(s): Emerald mines and mining -- Colombia -- Boyacá
Federal government -- Colombia -- History -- 19th century

Type: Pamphlet
Language: Spanish
Format: JPG
PDF - Color
Donor: Helguera, J. León
Collection: Helguera, J. León Collection
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Accession Number: P00263
Record Number: 330
Islandora ID: islandora:10240