Although Villavicencio, the capital of the Department of Meta, is located just 120 miles from Bogota, the mountains of the eastern Andean Cordillera lie between the two cities. As a result, after its founding in 1842, Villavicencio remained an isolated frontier outpost for more than one hundred years. From Frontier Town to Metropolis recounts the history of the town and explains how, by the twenty-first century, it became a thriving metropolis with a population nearing three hundred thousand. During the next sixty years, it became the principal urban center of the Llanos (Colombia's tropical plains) despite the continual presence of militant guerrillas, paramilitaries, and drug traffickers.Other rice workers, such as tractor drivers and truckers, live in the barrios populares of Villavicencio while the manual ... one producer of African palm oil in the country.42 Other crops of major importance are all primarily grown in the piedmont.
|Title||:||From frontier town to metropolis|
|Author||:||Jane M. Rausch|
|Publisher||:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - 2007-05-28|