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Background
1860 to 1960
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FROM 1860 TO 1960:
THE CATALAN MANCHESTER

The passing of the first Spanish railway through San Martín, from 1848, was one of the main causes for the industrial increase of the area. Between 1855 and 1888, the register of factories recorded an increase from 57 to 243. On the borderline between the 19th and 20th Century, San Martín is nicknamed the "Catalan Manchester" due to its important industrialization and politically active mentality of its population.

The main activities produced that featured this stage are from the textile sector, the handling of food and wines, metallurgy and construction, without forgetting the agricultural exploitation that always coexisted with industrial use.

 






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