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From Rainforest to Cane Field in Cuba: An Environmental History Since 1492
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of North Carolina Pr
Publication date March 3, 2008
Pages 357
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780807858585
ISBN-10 0807858587
Dimensions 1 by 5.75 by 8.75 in.
Weight 1.15 lbs.
Original list price $35.00
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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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Hardcover
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With Reinaldo Funes Monzote | from Univ of North Carolina Pr (March 3, 2008)
9780807831281 | details & prices | 357 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $73.95
About: 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.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780807858585
 
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With Reinaldo Funes Monzote | from Univ of North Carolina Pr (March 3, 2008)
9780807858585 | details & prices | 357 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $35.00
About: 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.

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