Fernando Santos Granero

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7. Public meeting of the Liga Loretana, Iquitos, 1919.

The rubber boom ended in 1914 as a result of increasing competition from cultivated rubber produced at a much lower cost in the British and Dutch plantations of Southeast Asia. Loreto’s economy collapsed. The government’s delay in devising strategies to minimize the impact of the rubber bust generated much discontent among the people of Loreto. This was expressed in the foundation of the Liga Loretana (Loretan League), a political party composed by Loretan professionals and intellectuals who advocated greater economic and political autonomy for the region. In subsequent years, Loreto witnessed the consolidation of a regionalist ideology opposed to the extreme centralism of the Peruvian government as a result of the growing popular unrest.

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Loreto Location

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