Abstract: Bankers, Entrepreneurs and Bolivian Tin in the International Economy, 1900-1932

Oscar Granados


After the silver expansion, Bolivia was involved again in the global economy with the discovery of tin in the early twentieth century. Beyond the tin exploitation, the determining factor was the involvement of the entrepreneurs with the support of the international banks in the construction of a global tin network. This network was a breakthrough for entrepreneurs and also in the construction of a global governance structure of the tin industry. This paper examines the Bolivian tin industry and the establishment of a global network, which became one of the most prosperous businesses in the first third of the twentieth century.