Constructing the Norte Grande: Chilean Infrastructure in the Northern Border Region, 1915-1929
The norte grande, the far north, is comprised of the provinces of Antofagasta and Tarapacá. Acquired after the War of the Pacific, 1878 to 1883, this region increased Chile by almost a third,1 and possessed valuable mineral resources, such as sodium nitrate and guano. With these resources at Chile's disposal the government realized the norte grande, despite several decades of Great Britain‟s entrepreneurship, possessed limited infrastructure. This included, but was not limited to, the ports of Antofagasta and Arica not being up-to-date with improved technology to handle modern cargo loads, as well as Chile not being able to respond militarily to potential hostilities with Bolivia and Peru, attributed to the Tacna-Arica dispute.
Faculty mentor: Friedrich E. Schuler