From Chocolate Pots To Maya Gold

Patricia A. McAnany and Satoru Muruta

in Chocolate in Mesoamerica

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780813029535
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039503 | DOI:
From Chocolate Pots To Maya Gold

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This chapter discusses the Belizean cacao farmers through the ages. It discusses the deep history of cacao cultivation in the Belize zone, which is demonstrated by the continuity of cacao farming from the Middle Preclassic to contemporary times. This chapter focuses on the Belize zone which is conducive for chocolate farming and cacao cultivation. This chapter begins with a discussion on the contemporary situation of cacao production for the world market and specifically the chapter details how the considered Maya gold entered the world market. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the ethnohistory of the Belizean cacao and talks about cacao production and cultivation from before the Spanish conquest up to the Preclassic period.

Keywords: Belizean cacao farmers; cacao cultivation; Belize zone; cacao farming; Maya gold; Belizean cacao

Chapter.  8301 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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