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BARBOSA, Lidiany Silva  and  GODOY, Marcelo Magalhães. Transportation, region  and economic development: the dynamics of roadway infrastructure expansion  in the province of Minas Gerais, 1840-1889. Varia hist. [online]. 2014, vol.30, n.53, pp.461-486. ISSN 0104-8775.

The article covers the general situation of works carried out in the traditional roadway infrastructure by the Provincial Government of Minas Gerais, between 1840 and 1889. The principal sources are Road and Bridge Construction Processes, generated within the scope of the Public Works Office, and which cover an extensive and complex documentation about all the phases of road interventions conducted in the province. The fundamental results show a strong correlation between the level of economic development of the regions in Minas Gerais and the occurrence of public road works, revealing a pronounced imbalance in the distribution of financial resources in the province allocated for transportation infrastructure in the province.

Keywords : transportation; economic development; Minas Gerais province.

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