France colonized hardly any part of Latin America. Yet, the region boasts elements of French urbanism. This chapter explains how this came to be the case. It identifies and discusses three specific factors that facilitated the diffusion of French urbanism to the region. The first of these is the region’s abundant supply of land which made the region ideally suitable as a laboratory for teasing out the workability of Eurocentric theories of spatial order of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The second factor was an abundance of financial resources that enabled the region to meet the high cost associated with hiring foreign consultants. The third factor was the availability of effective diffusion mechanisms such as professional urban planners and architects. These professionals served as some of the most effective enablers in the complex process of transferring French urbanism to the region.
KeywordsArgentina Brazil Ecole des Beaux Arts Economic prosperity Eurocentric urbanism French urbanism Venezuela
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