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The Cold War Heats up the Nation's Sugar Bowl

in Raising Cane in the 'Glades

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780226349503
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226349480 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226349480.003.0005
The Cold War Heats up the Nation's Sugar Bowl

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In the context of the Cold War, the 1959 Cuban Revolution produced a profound historical shift in the economic geography of U.S. sugar sourcing. This chapter concentrates on the years immediately preceding and following the revolution. Prior to the revolution, Cuba was both Florida's principal rival and its production model. When, in 1960, President Eisenhower suspended the Cuban quota, a scramble to increase allotments ensued among producing regions, both domestic and foreign. Florida emerged as one of the significant “winners” in the fight to secure a larger share of the U.S. market. The chapter shows why that was so, how the industry was able to expand five-fold within five years, and how the relationship between the Florida and Cuban sugar industries was transformed. The explosive growth of south Florida sugarcane production, historically unprecedented in U.S. agro-industry, made the region the single most powerful player in the competition over quotas during the Cold War.

Keywords: Cuban Revolution; sugar industry; competition; Cuba; Florida; economic geography; sugar sourcing; sugarcane production; sugar quotas

Chapter.  21386 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environmental History

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