American sugar kingdom the plantation economy of the spanish caribbean 1898 1934 csar j ayala on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers engaging conventional arguments that the persistence of plantations is the cause of economic underdevelopment in the caribbean. 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. American sugar kingdom the plantation economy of the spanish caribbean 1898 1934 by csar j ayala chapel hill university of north carolina press 1999 321pp 4995 cloth 1995 paper in these days of increased perhaps excessive scholarly specialization fields of knowledge such as caribbean history can benefit from broader synthesizing studies that employ regional and . For one thing by 1898 spanish caribbean sugar planters had dealt with the sugar trust for many years selling most of their sugar to it why then at the turn of the century was the crculo de hacendados sugar planters association in cuba eager to solidify its relationship with this near monopoly. Engaging conventional arguments that the persistence of plantations is the cause of economic underdevelopment in the caribbean this book focuses on the discontinuities in the development of plantation economies in cuba puerto rico and the dominican republic in the early twentieth century cesar
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