Agrarian Puerto Rico : reconsidering rural economy and society, 1899 - 1940 / César J. Ayala, Laird W. Bergad
- Cover -- Half-title page -- Title page -- Copyright page -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of Figures -- List of Tables -- List of Maps -- Introduction -- 1 The Myth of the Disappeared Legion of Proprietors -- 2 The Coffee Economy -- 3 The Sugar Industry -- 4 The Tobacco Industry -- 5 Economic Transformation and Demographic Change -- 6 Land Concentration/Fragmentation Using Land Tax Records -- 7 Rates of Landownership in Rural Puerto Rico -- 8 Land Tenure Patterns Using Census Data -- 9 Land Use -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index
- "The established historiography on early twentieth-century Puerto Rico is nearly unanimous on one aspect of the impact of U.S. rule in the aftermath of the 1898 invasion: large-scale absentee-owned sugar manufacturing corporations acquired extensive landed estates at the expense of Puerto Rican farmers who lost their land and were gradually converted into a labor force to serve these U.S.-based sugar companies. This narrative has been repeated over and again by nearly every major work on Puerto Rican history and serves as a point of departure for examining a wide range of other themes that have sought to assess the impact of U.S. colonial control over the island. The development of rural landlessness, social stratification, extreme forms of inequality in the countryside and economic dependence were all closely connected to the accumulation of large plantations by U.S.-owned corporations, or so the story has been told"--
- 9781108763981 electronic book and 1108763987 electronic book
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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