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Tropical BabylonsSugar and the Making of the Atlantic World, 1450-1680$
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Stuart B. Schwartz

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780807828755

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807895627_schwartz

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(p.1) Chapter One Introduction
Tropical Babylons

Stuart B. Schwartz

University of North Carolina Press

Historically, sugar production in plantations entailed large labor inputs that usually involved coercion in the form of slavery. Elements of sugar production such as coerced labor, large estates, flows of capital and labor to the producing units, and of its production back to European markets, constitute what is called the “sugar revolution.”. This chapter provides a historical overview of the sugar economies in the early Atlantic colonies. It discusses the sugar plantation system and its development as part of the “sugar revolution.”

Keywords:   sugar production, plantations, labor inputs, sugar revolution, Atlantic colonies, sugar plantation

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