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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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The Sugar Economy of Española in the Sixteenth Century

The Sugar Economy of Española in the Sixteenth Century

(p.85) Chapter Four The Sugar Economy of Española in the Sixteenth Century
Tropical Babylons

Genaro Rodríguez Morel

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the sugar economy of Española in the sixteenth century. It begins with a historical overview of the introduction of sugarcane from Madeira and the rapid growth of the sugar industry as evidenced by the construction of several sugar mills. The chapter then describes the transfer of technology between regions, the levels of sugar production, the growth of slave labor, and the decline of the sugar industry.

Keywords:   sugar economy, Española, Madeira, sugar mills, technology, sugar production, slave labor, sugar industry

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