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This is the story of Cuba’s forests.In this award-winning environmental history of Cuba since the age of Columbus, Reinaldo Funes Monzote emphasizes the two processes that have had the most dramatic impact on the island’s landscape: deforestation and sugar cultivation. During the first 300 years of Spanish settlement, sugar plantations arose primarily in areas where forests had been cleared by the royal navy, which maintained an interest in management and conservation for the shipbuilding industry. The sugar planters won a decisive victory in 1815, however, when they were allowed to clear extensive forests, without restriction, for cane fields and sugar production. This book is the first to consider Cuba’s vital sugar industry through the lens of environmental history. Funes Monzote demonstrates how the industry that came to define Cuba – and upon which Cuba urgently depended – also devastated the ecology of the island.The original Spanish-language edition of the book, published in Mexico in 2004, was awarded the UNESCO Book Prize for Caribbean Thought, Environmental Category. For this first English edition, the author has revised the text throughout and provided new material, including a glossary and a conclusion that summarizes important developments up to the present.

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Author Reinaldo Funes Monzote
Binding Paperback
Brand imusti
Creator Alex Martin
EAN 9780807858585
Format Import
ISBN 0807858587
Label The University of North Carolina Press
Manufacturer The University of North Carolina Press
MPN 35 illustrations, 11 tables, 6 maps, glo
NumberOfItems 1
NumberOfPages 376
PackageQuantity 1
PartNumber 35 illustrations, 11 tables, 6 maps, glo
ProductGroup Book
ProductTypeName ABIS_BOOK
PublicationDate 2008-04-15
Publisher The University of North Carolina Press
Studio The University of North Carolina Press
Title From Rainforest to Cane Field in Cuba: An Environmental History Since 1492 (Envisioning Cuba)