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Landscape of Migration: Mobility and Environmental Change on Bolivia's Tropical Frontier, 1952 to the Present

Ben Nobbs-Thiessen

Abstract

In the wake of a 1952 revolution, leaders of Bolivia's National Revolutionary Movement (MNR) embarked on a program of internal colonization known as the "March to the East." In an impoverished country dependent on highland mining, the MNR sought to convert the nation’s vast "undeveloped" Amazonian frontier into farmland, hoping to achieve food security, territorial integrity, and demographic balance. To do so, they encouraged hundreds of thousands of Indigenous Bolivians to relocate from the "overcrowded" Andes to the tropical lowlands, but also welcomed surprising transnational migrant stream ... More

Keywords: Migrants, Environment, Agriculture, Transnational, Bolivia, Indigenous, Colonization, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, National Revolutionary Movement (MNR)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469656106
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469656106.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ben Nobbs-Thiessen, author
Washington State University