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Magallania (Punta Arenas)

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MARTINIC B, Mateo. STORY OF AN ILLUSION: THE OPENING OF OFQUI ISTHMUS. THE CONTINUING VALIDITY OF THEIR REASONS. Magallania [online]. 2013, vol.41, n.2, pp.5-50. ISSN 0718-2244.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-22442013000200001.

In the early XX century the possibility of building a canal across the Isthmus of Ofqui (Taitao peninsula), to open a safer and shorter navigation route to better link from Magallanes with the metropolitan territory of Chile, was proposed. The proposal was raised for varied economic, social and political benefits. Controversial from its beginning, the initiative was brought forward by the government of President Arturo Alessandri that decided its construction in 1935. Work began in late 1937's and finally ended in May 1943. This article gives a detailed report on the origin and evolution of this project, its varied implications in different respects and analyzes current reasoning for Chilean Patagonia intraregional integration.

Palabras clave : Western Patagonia; Ofqui isthmus; maritime communications; territorial integration.

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