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American Sugar Kingdom: The Plantation Economy of the Spanish Caribbean, 1898-1934

Cesar J. Ayala

Abstract

Engaging conventional arguments that the persistence of plantations is the cause of economic underdevelopment in the Caribbean, this book focuses on the discontinuities in the development of plantation economies in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic in the early twentieth century. It analyzes and compares the explosive growth of sugar production in the three nations following the War of 1898—when the U.S. acquired Cuba and Puerto Rico—to show how closely the development of the Spanish Caribbean's modern economic and social class systems is linked to the history of the U.S. sugar ind ... More

Keywords: plantations, plantation economies, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, economic underdevelopment, sugar production, War of 1898, Spanish Caribbean, labor migration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780807847886
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807867976_ayala

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cesar J. Ayala, author