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La reina del Orthon

Crónicas femeninas del auge gomero

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Lorena Córdoba    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

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From 1880 to 1920, the rubber industry opened up the Amazon basin – and particularly the Bolivian jungle – to international trade; therefore, for the first time, the inhospitable and hitherto marginal lands of regions such as Beni, Acre and Pando gained both a strategic position on the republican chessboard and a more direct link to the global market. The productive boom prompted a systematic policy of exploration of the jungle territory, the opening of new communication routes and the consolidation of national borders. But, above all, the extractive vertigo also translated into a notorious demographic expansion: the Amazon jungle thus began to receive increasing waves of immigrants from other parts of Bolivia, as well as a growing mass of international workers dazzled by the almost instant fortune promised by the ‘gold’ that flowed from the rubber trees. However, documentary sources often present us with the canonical image of a hyper-masculinised jungle landscape and rubber industry: indeed, we know little or nothing of the Creole, European or Indigenous women involved in one way or another in the extractive endeavour. Women are usually represented as minor social actors: transparent, anonymous, almost invisible, forgotten, relegated or in any case mentioned laterally, obliquely or indirectly by historical sources. This rule, however, is challenged by some notable exceptions. One of these is undoubtedly the testimony of the British Elisabeth ‘Lizzie’ Hessel, whose letters to her family in Europe provide the only first-person account that allows us to piece together the female experience in a Bolivian rubber plantation. Her observations, therefore, constitute an exceptional period document of the lights and shadows of the extractive boom.

Published
May 23, 2024
Accepted
Nov. 12, 2023
Submitted
Sept. 27, 2023
Language
ES
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-787-6
Copyright: © 2024 Lorena Córdoba. This is an open-access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction is permitted, provided that the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. The license allows for commercial use. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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Historias de amor, de locura y de muerte: las mujeres en la industria gomera
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Lizzie: la aventura amazónica de una dama victoriana
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Anexo
Una inglesa aventurera que ayudará a abrir una tierra desconocida le cuenta a ‘Marie’ sus planes, sus peligros y sus trajes
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