Summary - TST 38

TRANSPORTES, SERVICIOS Y TELECOMUNICACIONES


TST 38

Ana Lucia DUARTE LANNA

Railways in Brazil: territory and cities


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Key Words: railways, cities, Brazil, Sao Paulo.


[ Abstract ]

The article aims to present some of the articulations between railway expansion, consolidation of the territory and structuring of cities in Brazil, indicating the plurality and complexity of the routes followed between the end of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century. For this we use in addition to the bibliography a vast documentation that includes local histories, newspaper news, annual reports of the railway companies, French consular reports, reports of commercial agents. The association between railroads, speed, mobility and progress was central to the construction of representations about modernity. The research reveals that the preconditions and particularities of each locality have decisively interfered with the meanings that the railroad brought to the organization of urban space. Creating cities as in the Northwest, defining industrial cities as in Jundiaí, being part of the constitution of a metropolis as in Campinas and São Paulo, the impacts are undeniable but different.