THE LONGEST ROPEWAY IN THE WORLD: A CASE STUDY OF THE BRITISH TECHNOLOGICAL INFLUENCE IN COLOMBIA

The dissertation tells the story of the longest ropeway of the world, which operated in Colombia from 1922 to 1961. The ropeway was forty five miles long and transported goods, provisions, materials, and occasionally people between Manizales, the capital of the department of Caldas, and San Sebastián de Mariquita, a small town in the department of Tolima. It was built to transport cargo faster and cheaper between the mountainous coffee-growers axis and the Magdalena Valley, a valley linked with the Caribbean ports by river navigation.

The ropeway was constructed and managed by the British company The Dorada Railway (Ropeway Extension) Limited, and was connected to the Mariquita-La Dorada railway. For its operation a British enclave was established in the town of Mariquita. The dissertation argues that together with the British commercial predominance in Colombia there was a remarkable technological influence. The ropeway case illustrates how the British dominant relations in trade were accompanied by industrial materials and machines, technical procedures, modern infrastructure, techno-scientific knowledge, and groups of engineers and technicians. 

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Por: Oscar Moreno Martinez, Masters of Science (MSc) in History of Science, Technology and Medicine

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