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From Rainforest to Cane Field in Cuba: An Environmental History since 1492

Reinaldo Funes Monzote


This environmental history of Cuba since the age of Columbus emphasizes the two processes that have had the most dramatic impact on the island's landscape: deforestation; and sugar cultivation. During the first 300 years of Spanish settlement, sugar plantations arose primarily in areas where forests had been cleared by the royal navy, which maintained an interest in management and conservation for the shipbuilding industry. The sugar planters won a decisive victory in 1815, however, when they were allowed to clear extensive forests, without restriction, for cane fields and sugar production. Th ... More

Keywords: deforestation, Cuba, sugar industry, Spanish settlement, sugar plantations, shipbuilding industry, cane fields, sugar production, environmental history, ecology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780807831281
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807888865_funes_monzote


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reinaldo Funes Monzote, author