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Title: Documentos relativos al descubrimiento de una vía nueva de comunicación que por el camino de San Juan conduce de Popayán al mar Pacífico. Con todas las ventajas que se indican en el informe del ciudadano Jeneral Agustín Codazzi, Director de la comisión corográfica. Fechado, a 10 de julio de 1855
Creator: Codazzi, Agustín, 1793-1859
Velazco i Valdez, Pedro José
Publication Info: Popayán : Imprenta de Hurtado, 1855.
Physical Details: 15p. ; 18 9/10 x 13 5/10 cms
Physical Condition: Excellent.

Summary: Colonel Agustín Codazzi presents a description of a new route for a road that could connect Popayán to the Pacific Coast. Codazzi illustrates why this route is a good one for crossing the western Andes to the coast. He also asserts that Afro-Colombians in the Chocó region, the mining sector, and the national economy would all benefit from the construction of this road.
Historical Notes: The problem of how to develop adequate transport is 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 in Antioquia. 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: A road to the Pacific from Popayán to the Pacific, by a route discovered by Colonel Agustín Codazzi. - J.L.H.

Subject(s): Roads -- Colombia -- Cauca (Department)

Type: Pamphlet
Language: Spanish
Donor: Helguera, J. León
Collection: Helguera, J. León Collection
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Accession Number: P02862
Record Number: 351