America’s Sweet Tooth: The Sugar Trust and the Caribbean Lowlands

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:
America’s Sweet Tooth: The Sugar Trust and the Caribbean Lowlands

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This chapter studies sugar cane and the sugar cane industry. It starts with the influence of sugar cane on the history of Latin America, and looks at how the buyers of rum and molasses in different American ports helped strengthen the slave sugar system. The discussion then shifts to the investments on sugar cane, which was due to the expanding European market. It also examines the slave sugar empires in tropical America, the dramatic transformations of societies and landscapes due to sugar, and the Spanish conquest and arrival of British sugar planters. Cuba is shown to be the greatest sugar producer in the world. Fidel Castro's revolution, the influence of the political shifts triggered by the Cold War, and the Spanish sugar plantations in Cuba are studied. The chapter ends with a discussion of the four regions where the sudden expansion of American imports produced rapid and dramatic increases of acreage diverted to sugar cane from natural vegetation, cattle pasture, or other crops.

Keywords: sugar cane; sugar cane industry; investments; Cuba; Fidel Castro; Cold War; sugar plantations; slave sugar system

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Subjects: History of the Americas

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