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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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Sugar and Slavery in Early Colonial Cuba

Sugar and Slavery in Early Colonial Cuba

(p.115) Chapter Five Sugar and Slavery in Early Colonial Cuba
Tropical Babylons

Alejandro de la Fuente

University of North Carolina Press

Colonial Cuba is a period that corresponds to the rise and expansion of sugar production, slavery, and export-oriented sugar plantations at the end of the eighteenth century. This chapter describes the attempts to build sugar mills and the obstacles placed by the Spanish colonial system on the growth of the sugar economy during the 1600s. By examining the early stages of sugar production in Cuba, it attempts to fill a significant gap in the historiography of sugar and slavery in the Americas.

Keywords:   Colonial Cuba, sugar production, slavery, sugar plantations, Cuba, Americas, Spanish colonial system, sugar economy

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