Sugar and Slavery in Puerto Rico: The Plantation Economy of Ponce, 1800–1850
by Francisco A. Scarano
University of Wisconsin Press, 1984
Cloth: 978-0-299-09580-2 | eISBN: 978-0-299-09583-3
Library of Congress Classification HD9114.P83P667 1984
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.3620972957


This important study of Ponce, a major sugar-producing district in Puerto Rico, examines in detail the processes by which a predominantly peasant economy an society was transformed into a plantation system. Scarano’s work, one of the first full investigations into Puerto Rico’s nineteenth-century economic history, dispels the long-held belief that slavery was an inconsequential factor in this society; indeed, he finds that the new plantation system was fully dependent on African slave labor, and that the initial stimuli for economic change came from immigrants.

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