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From Rainforest to Cane Field in Cuba An Environmental History Since 1492

By: Reinaldo Funes Monzote and Alex Martin
357 pages, Figs, 11 tables, 6 maps
From Rainforest to Cane Field in Cuba
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  • From Rainforest to Cane Field in Cuba ISBN: 9780807858585 Paperback Apr 2008 Usually dispatched within 6 days
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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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REINALDO FUNES MONZOTE is associate professor of history at the University of Havana.
ALEX MARTIN is an independent translator living in Maryland.
By: Reinaldo Funes Monzote and Alex Martin
357 pages, Figs, 11 tables, 6 maps
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&i;"Writing with erudition, but also with an attention to narrative, Funes Monzote demonstrates how, in a colonial context, the search for profits from sugar brought about an irreparable transformation in the ecology of a large, wooded tropical island".&o;
- Rebecca J. Scott, University of Michigan.
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