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Title: Comparación de los proyectos ferrocarril del Carare y ferrocarril del Guarumo
Creator: Liévano, Indalecio
Publication Info: Bogotá : Tipografía de Nicolás Pontón y Compañía, 1875.
Physical Details: 14p. ; 19 1/2 x 13 cms.
Physical Condition: Much foxing and staining on cover and first four pages. Rest in good condition.

Summary: Indalecio Liévano examines here two potential routes for building the Northern Railway (which would connect Bogotá to the Magdalena River and other states in the center of the country, such as Boyacá and Cundinamarca). Liévano compares the two options based on the required investment needed for building the railway, the river’s navigability, and freight costs.
Historical Notes: The first railroad completed in Colombia in 1855 was the inter-Oceanic railroad; it was built in Panama by Americans to facilitate access to California from the Atlantic side during the California gold rush. The construction of other railroads began in 1869 with the goal of linking individual regions (often a state) to the Magdalena or Cauca rivers or to the Caribbean coast. Few were interested in projects that would grant access to the Pacific coast. Railroad projects were undertaken to facilitate international commerce, rather than to connect the different regions of the country. Bushnell, David 1993 The Making of Modern Colombia: A Nation in Spite of Itself. Berkeley: University of California Press. Safford, Frank 2010 El Problema de los Transportes en Colombia en el Siglo XIX. In Economía Colombiana del Siglo XIX. A. Meisel Roca and M.T. Ramírez, eds. Pp. 523-573. Bogotá: Fondo de Cultura Económica.
Donor Notes: Lievano favors the construction of the North Railway. - J.L.H.

Subject(s): Railroads -- Colombia

Type: Pamphlet
Language: Spanish
Format: JPG
PDF - Color
Donor: Helguera, J. León
Collection: Helguera, J. León Collection
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Accession Number: P00213
Record Number: 224
Islandora ID: islandora:5150