This chapter aims at showing how engineers were pivotal to the occupation of the Portuguese colonies in Africa during the 19th century. After the Berlin Conference the so-called technologies of the land (railways, roads, harbors) were one of the main tools for securing and conquering the wealthy African territories. Portugal, a peripheral European country, had to develop its own strategy in order keep its colonies against the voracious appetite of Britain, France, and Germany.
|Title of host publication||Jogos de Identidade: os engenheiros entre a formação e a acção/ Les enjeux identitaires des ingénieurs: entre la formation et l’action/ The quest for a professional dentity: engineers between trianing and action|
|Editors||A. Cardoso de Matos, M.P. Diogo, I. Gouzévith, A. Grelon|
|Place of Publication||Lisboa|
|Publisher||Colibri and École des Hautes Études en Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2009|