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Title: Exploraciones y estudios de las mejores líneas para construir carreteras y ferrocarriles de Bogotá al Rio Magdalena
Creator: Liévano Aguirre, Indalecio
Publication Info: Bogotá : Imprenta de Vapor de Zalamea Hermanos, 1885.
Physical Details: 78p. ; 26 5/10 x 22 8/10 cms.
Physical Condition: Very frail: pages worn and stained.

Summary: Indalecio Liévano presents his suggestions for the best routes for constructing roads and railroads connecting Bogotá to the Magdalena River. The document includes a detailed analysis of each route and a budget for its construction.
Historical Notes: The problem of how to develop adequate transport was a fundamental issue in the economic history of Colombia. The government was aware as early as the nation’s independence in 1819 that the lack of proper transportation would have a substantial negative impact on the development of the economy. Despite this awareness, Colombia advanced very little in its transportation system from 1820 to 1870. There were only mule-roads, underdeveloped river navigation systems, and one road suitable for wheeled vehicles. It was not until the 1870s that the government launched projects to build railroads. 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. 524, 528, 535. Bogotá: Fondo de Cultura Económica.
Donor Notes: Lievano and early colonel engineer discusses the various highway routes to the Magdalena, also the rail routes, that he believes more feasible. - J.L.H.

Subject(s): Roads -- Colombia -- Finance
Railroads -- Colombia
Infrastructure (Economics) -- Colombia
Liévano Aguirre, Indalecio
Transportation -- 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: P01263
Record Number: 232
Islandora ID: islandora:9415