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Colonization and protest peasant 1850 – 1950
Catherine Legrand forms a large group of North-American authors who have focused on studying the problems of Latin America, discovering in it the perfect field of action for the elaboration and development of their projects and research, this author is clarified in a group called"Colombianists" for being Colombia his country of object of study. Legrand generates preference for the issues of political history in this case linked to land ownership. For this study called colonization and peasant protest in Colombia (1850-1950) there is an analysis of the movements of the rural conflict as a result of the appropriation of the land and expropriation of the settlers at the hands of the great landowners, said study was the product ofAn arduous investigation for almost 20 years in which the author had access to the material of the Colombian wasteland between 1830 and 1910.
In his work Legrand presents concepts such as border that in this case means the border space between the territory populated by man and what is still unexplored, starting from the latter with the concept of wasteland, two concepts that explain the population dynamicsand the possession of the land during the period from 1850 to 1950 in Colombia.
The book colonization and peasant protest in Colombia, generates a recount of land ownership and dissertation around its use originated in the mid -nineteenth century in our country, it is clear that the territory in its entirety was belonging to the Spanish crown,It is also clear that after independence the lands were at the mercy of the Republic, a republic that was just beginning to plant dictating laws for the organization of its citizens and found accumulation of them in a few preferable areas with average altitude .
Lagrand raises the origin of the conflict due to population growth and foreign demand for new products, largely from warm lands, thus generating the displacement of the urban centers of the colony to open fields waiting for someone who generates work,what brought with it a dispersion of inhabitants and then the so -called border colonization. Territories that increased in value with the use they were given and that once they came to make productive were in dispute by the great landowners and entrepreneurs against the first settlers who worked them, now converted because of the need for land tenants,At the same time it shows the forms of protest and the illegal appropriation of the Earth.
Legrand raises the problem for the possession of the lands from the presentation of the conflict actors highlighting the settlers in search of a better future that have leaned over the vacant lots to generate a farm land in which to find subsistence and entrepreneursthat arrive with the power of their capitals to impose themselves on the previous.
This book allows an approach to the Colombian tradition of territorial appropriation (it is curious as the rich and more powerful are those who achieve access to government programs or find preference to the law in pursuit of the possession of the land) and clarifies the history ofThe colonization or expansion of the population, which generated new demands for food and supplies for the nascent populations, clarifying the export dynamics and consolidation of the peasant during the nineteenth century and the first years of the XX.