Richard P. Tucker

in Insatiable Appetite

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780520220874
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923812 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter discusses the involvement of the Americans with the natural wealth of the tropics. It determines that in the half century after the victory in the First World War, the United States controlled the global consumption of tropical natural resources, both mineral and biological. The discussion looks at the depth of U.S. penetration intro tropical lands and societies, which rested on the work of tropical science, particularly agronomy, forestry, and livestock and pasture management. It also introduces the term tropical forest, which covers a range of ecosystems that are far more diverse than the forest ecosystems found in North America, Japan, and Europe. The latter portion of the chapter focuses on the production of bananas, coffee, sugar, rubber, and cattle, which are discussed in detail in the next chapters.

Keywords: natural wealth; tropics; involvement; Americans; tropical science; tropical forest

Chapter.  4359 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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