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American Sugar KingdomThe Plantation Economy of the Spanish Caribbean, 1898-1934$
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Cesar J. Ayala

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780807847886

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807867976_ayala

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A Caribbean Plantation System

A Caribbean Plantation System

(p.5) 1 A Caribbean Plantation System
American Sugar Kingdom

César J. Ayala

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on sugar plantations, which have been central institutions in the economic development of the Caribbean for the last five hundred years. All the islands of the Antilles experienced the growth of plantation agriculture. The comparative study of plantation societies has provided important insights into the development of economy and society in this region. This book is a study of the plantation economy of the Spanish Caribbean between the Spanish–American War of 1898 and the crisis that shook the foundations of the sugar industry of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic in 1933–34. The colonial transfer of the islands of Cuba and Puerto Rico from Spain to the United States in 1898 and the U.S. occupation of the Dominican Republic in 1916–24 opened the way for massive U.S. investments in sugar plantations.

Keywords:   sugar plantations, central institutions, economic development, Caribbean, plantation agriculture

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