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XIX Century

The port of Cadiz enjoyed a certain period of prosperity until the loss of colonies at the end of the century. It was a century of debate over the final siting of the port.


The Military Engineer Rafael Cerezo was granted to build a port at Cadiz, and set up "The Commercial Port of Cadiz Society". The Matagorda careening dock was begun, constructed by the firm A. Lopez for the repair of its fleet´s ships.


The heirs of the philanthropist Diego Martines Montañes acquired the rights from "The Commercial Port of Cadiz Society" to construct part of the Cerezo project (extension of San Felipe pier, a coastal pier and extension of the Harbour Master´s pier). This would be the port that, after having being transferred to the Public Works Ministry, would be managed by the first Port of Cadiz Board of Works.

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