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The Colombian CaribbeanA Regional History 1870-1950$
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Eduardo Posada-Carbó

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206286

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206286.001.0001

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Town and Countryside

Town and Countryside

(p.111) 3 Town and Countryside
The Colombian Caribbean

Eduardo Posada-Carbó

Oxford University Press

Rural life in the Colombian Caribbean did not revolve only around crops and livestock. Alongside an overwhelmingly rural picture — where farms were gradually turning into villages and villages into towns — riverports and seaports on the Coast, the main outlets for Colombian trade during the period, began to see major urban developments. These commercial towns were centres of regional integration; some of them also linked the region with the country and the country with the world economy. This chapter explores the extent to which Coastal cities were affected by regional development, focusing on Barranquilla, which from being a tiny village at the time of independence became the most important Colombian port during the second half of the nineteenth century. It examines the regional scope of Barranquilla's commercial and industrial activities by looking at the routes of trade; the origins of Barranquilero merchants, their activities, and their links with the region; and the impact that Barranquilla's development may have had in encouraging Coastal agriculture through a growing demand for both food and raw materials for the industrial sector.

Keywords:   Colombian Caribbean, trade, urban developments, commercial towns, Barranquilla, seaports, merchants, agriculture, industrial sector, regional development

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