By César J. Ayala

enticing traditional arguments that the endurance of plantations is the reason for financial underdevelopment within the Caribbean, this booklet specializes in the discontinuities within the improvement of plantation economies in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic within the early 20th century. Cesar Ayala analyzes and compares the explosive progress of sugar construction within the 3 countries following the conflict of 1898--when the U.S. obtained Cuba and Puerto Rico--to express how heavily the improvement of the Spanish Caribbean's smooth financial and social classification platforms is associated with the heritage of the U.S. sugar in the course of its maximum interval of enlargement and consolidation.

Ayala examines styles of funding and imperative teams of traders, interactions among U.S. capitalists and local planters, contrasts among new and outdated areas of sugar monoculture, the old formation of the operating type on sugar plantations, and styles of work migration. unlike so much experiences of the Spanish Caribbean, which specialize in just one state, his account areas the background of U.S. colonialism within the zone, and the heritage of plantation agriculture around the area, in comparative perspective.

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