From Rainforest to Cane Field in Cuba An Environmental History Since 1492

ISBN-10: 0807858587

ISBN-13: 9780807858585

Edition: 2008

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Description: In this award-winning environmental history of Cuba since the age of Columbus, Reinaldo Funes Monzote emphasizes the two processes that have had the most dramatic impact on the island's landscape: deforestation and sugar cultivation. During the first 300 years of Spanish settlement, sugar plantations arose primarily in areas where forests had been cleared by the royal navy, which maintained an interest in management and conservation for the shipbuilding industry. The sugar planters won a decisive victory in 1815, however, when they were allowed to clear extensive forests, without restriction, for cane fields and sugar production. This book is the first to consider Cuba's vital sugar industry through the lens of environmental history. Funes Monzote demonstrates how the industry that came to define Cuba—and upon which Cuba urgently depended--also devastated the ecology of the island. The original Spanish-language edition of the book, published in Mexico in 2004, was awarded the UNESCO Book Prize for Caribbean Thought, Environmental Category. For this first English edition, the author has revised the text throughout and provided new material, including a glossary and a conclusion that summarizes important developments up to the present.

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Book details

List price: $32.50
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 3/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
The Omnipresent Forest and the Beginnings of the Sugar Industry
Shipbuilding and the Sugar Industry, 1772-1791
The Struggle over Private Ownership of Forests, 1792-1815
Sugar and the Absolute Freedom to Clear Forests, 1815-1876
Centralization of the Sugar Industry and the Forests, 1876-1898
North American Capital and Sugar's Final Assault on the Forest, 1898-1926
Conclusion: From Forests to Sugar: An Insignificant Change?
Scientific Names of Plants and Animals
Temperature and Precipitation in the Natural Regions of Cuba
Units of Measure, with Equivalents
Notes
Glossary
Bibliographic Essay
Index
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