The Camino de la Costa (Coastal Route) in the Eastern border of the Rio de la Plata: A cultural link

García Miranda, Rubén and Russi Podestá, Mariella (2005) The Camino de la Costa (Coastal Route) in the Eastern border of the Rio de la Plata: A cultural link. In: 15th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Monuments and sites in their setting - conserving cultural heritage in changing townscapes and landscapes’, 17 – 21 oct 2005, Xi'an, China. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

The purpose of this work is to continue and extend the previous study done as part of the CIIC activities. We have already stated that cultural itineraries are related to significant changes in conservation concepts. In fact, we believe that they provide conservation politics an ample territorial perspective and a seldom achieved cultural integration. This variation of the scale of the approach encourages a cultural link between continents, regions, towns and people. It happens so in this case study of part of the “Camino Real” in Uruguay as a bond between countries that endures beyond time and political frontiers. This section of the cultural route that connected Buenos Aires, capital of the viceroyalty, with Rio Grande, can provide us information about the territorial strategies in the conflictive frontier of two powerful colonial empires in South America: Spain and Portugal. This overland route along the privileged natural landscape of the Atlantic coast is representative of conflicts in the administration of the colonial overseas territory whose main material signs are a defence system with important fortifications and strategically placed towns such as Colonia del Sacramento (World Heritage), Montevideo and Maldonado, but it has also a relevant role in the new continental macrostructure after independence and a sustained importance in cultural tourism development in our country nowadays. Finally we would like to declare that the identification and study of cultural itineraries is meant to construct a space of encounters and provide an interesting alternative to globalisation by promoting regional identities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
García Miranda, Rubén
Russi Podestá, Mariella
Languages: English
Keywords: cultural route; colonial period; historical survey
Subjects: H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 07. Cultural routes
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Camino de la Costa (Rio de la Plata)
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2010 16:40
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2023 10:38

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