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Sugar and Slavery in Puerto Rico
The Plantation Economy of Ponce, 1800–1850
Francisco A. Scarano

One of the first full investigations into Puerto Rico's economic history

This important study of Ponce, a major sugar-producing district in Puerto Rico, examines in detail the processes by which a predominantly peasant economy an society was transformed into a plantation system. Scarano's work, one of the first full investigations into Puerto Rico's nineteenth-century economic history, dispels the long-held belief that slavery was an inconsequential factor in this society; indeed, he finds that the new plantation system was fully dependent on African slave labor, and that the initial stimuli for economic change came from immigrants.

"His conclusion on the importance of slavery in the Puerto Rican plantation economy is a long way from the traditional view on the subject. He correctly demonstrates how in sugar municipalities such as Ponce, slavery was the predominant source of labour for the sugar production up to the middle of the 19th century. . . . The importance of this work cannot be overemphasized."—World Sugar History Newsletter

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August 1984
LC: 83-040271 HD
272 pp.  6 x 9
3 maps

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ISBN 978-0-299-09580-2
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