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 chapter studies the effects of the appetites of Americans on the ecosystems in the tropical regions. It begins by looking at the Panama Canal, which opened in 1914. It states that the Panama Canal embodied the American venture of speculation, technocracy, consumption, and strategic power in the tropics. A description of the Panama Canal is provided, before the consequences of the American ecological imperium are considered. The chapter stresses that the appetites of affluent Europeans and Americans provided the engine of consumption that brought tropical resources north.

Keywords: appetites; Panama Canal; ecological imperium; consumption; tropical resources

Chapter.  3146 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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