Keith Mitchell

I have worked for The National Archives for over 12 years. I am presently part of the Foreign and Contemporary Team.
I have interests in Foreign and Colonial records and family history. I have given talks on Overseas births, marriages and deaths and Phillippe d'Auvergne, RN.
With the vast collection of Public Records, it is easy to find a new and interesting subject to research.

South America and the power of steam

The independence of South America bought an influx of opportunities for commerce and investment from Europe and North America. Everyone wanted a piece of the newly opened continent. Merchants, industrialists, and entrepreneurs arrived to make their fortunes.
Why could South America not follow European and North American railway expansion to modernise the infrastructure and open access to the remote country?