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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1918
(1918)

Argentina,   pp. 35-44 PDF (3.4 MB)


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ARGENTINA 
CABLE-LANDING CONCESSIONS GRANTED BY ARGENTINA TO THE 
CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICAN TELEGRAPH CO. (AN AMERICAN 
COMPANY)' 
File No. 835.73/66 
The President of the Central c~' South American Telegraph Co. 
(James A. Serymser) to the Secretary of State 
[Memorandum—Extracts] 
NEW YORK, September ~3, 1916. 
 Through the powerful influence of the Department of State and the American
Ambassador to Brazil, the Central & South American Telegraph Co. expects
shortly to conclude its contract with the Government of Brazil, for the laying
of two separate cables between Buenos Aires, the company's present terminal,
and the cities of Santos and Rio de Jarieiro in Brazil, and thus provide
an Americanowned cable connection from the United States to the Republic
of Brazil. . . . * 
 Taking it for granted that no serious obstacle will be met with at the Brazilian
end, the establishment of the first means of a direct all-American telegraph
communication between the United States and Brazil depends solely upon the
successful negotiation of an agreement between this company and the Government
of Argentina for the laying of two separate cables between Argentina and
Brazil, one to land at Santos and the other at the city of Rio de Janeiro,
in accordance with the landing rights which the Brazilian Government contemplates
granting to the Central & South American Telegraph Co. 
 By a concession granted by the Argentine Government in 1885, when it was
supposed that one cable between Argentina and Brazil would be amply sufficient,
the Central & South American Telegraph Co. was authorized to "establish
a cable from the coast of Brazil to the capital of the Republic." The decree
in full is attached. 
 This concession *was granted absolutely without limitation as to time, and
the fact that it exists in the archives of the Department of State should
be a sufficient guarantee of its validity. 
 On June 3, 1909, the Argentine Government granted to the Western Telegraph
Co., Ltd., the British corporation heretofore alluded to, a concession for
the laying of a submarine cable between the island of Ascension and the Argentine
Republic. 
This concession of 1909 contained no reference to the prior and still existing
concession of 1885 held by the Central & South Amencan Telegraph Co.,
and yet Article 17 of the 1909 concession pro$ee also Brazil, Vost, p. 4~,
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