From Frontier Town to Metropolis: A History of Villavicencio, Colombia, Since 1842

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Mai 2007



Although Villavicencio, the capital of the Department of Meta, is located just 120 miles from BogotO, the mountains of the eastern Andean Cordillera lie between the two cities. As a result, after its founding in 1842, Villavicencio remained an isolated frontier outpost for more than one hundred years. From Frontier Town to Metropolis recounts the history of the town and explains how, by the twenty-first century, it became a thriving metropolis with a population nearing three hundred thousand. During the next sixty years, it became the principal urban center of the Llanos despite the continual presence of militant guerrillas, paramilitaries, and drug traffickers. Noted researcher Jane Rausch offers a detailed treatment of the development of Villavicencio and the Department of Meta as a microcosm of Colombia's eastern frontier.


Chapter 1: The Llanos Frontier and the Founding of Villavicencio
Chapter 2: Villavicencio during the Federation Era: 1863-1888
Chapter 3: Villavicencio during the Era of Regeneration: 1886-1899
Chapter 4: War and Dictatorship: 1899-1909
Chapter 5: Capital of the National Intendancy of Meta: 1909-1930
Chapter 6: Villavicencio during the Liberal Republic: 1930-1946
Chapter 7: La Violencia and Its Impact on Villavicencio: 1947-1953
Chapter 8: The Rojas Pinilla Dictatorship and the Pacification of the Llanos: 1953-1958
Chapter 9: Villavicencio during the National Front: 1957-1974
Chapter 10: Villavicencio, 1974 to the Present: The Search for Civic Identity
Chapter 11: Villavicencio and the Llanos Frontier


Jane M. Rausch is professor in the Department of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


By looking at Colombia from Villavicencio, Rausch writes a history from the middle, one that looks up toward the somber highland capital of Bogota, and out toward the exuberant eastern plains. This is a history of civic urbanity and the rude countryside, of urban violence and the prosperous plains. The inhabitants of Villavicencio live continuously in times that are both peaceful and violent. Villavicencio turns out to be a microcosm of Colombia. -- Herbert Tico Braun, University of Virginia This topic is intrinsically interesting as well as important, and Jane Rausch makes it into a good story without shortchanging the requirements of analysis. -- David Bushnell, University of Florida
EAN: 9780742554733
ISBN: 0742554732
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2007
Seitenanzahl: 231 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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