SUGAR, LABOR AND CONFLICT IN PUERTO RICO, 1920s-1930s
Thesis Presented as a Requirement to Obtain
a Master Degree in History
The City College of the City University of New York
Héctor Alvarez Trujillo
mayo 23, 1997
Sugar, Labor and Conflict in Puerto Rico, 1920s-1930s. Alvarez-Trujillo, Héctor A. M.A. City College of New York, 1997. 86pp. Chair: Gerardo Renique
After the 1540s gold was no longer a viable economic complex in the
island of Borikén (Puerto Rico). The Spanish Crown tried
to establish a new economic system based of Agriculture. The main crop
was to be Sugar Cane. From this moment on the economic history of
Puerto Rico, for the most part, would be tied to the production of Sugar.
Sugar would be responsible for the growth or stagnation of the Island,
slavery and labor oppression. At the beginning of the 20TH
century a new colonial power, the United States, took over the destiny
of Puerto Rico. The face of the Sugar Industry would change in order
to serve its new master. The relationship developed by the Sugar
Industry and its workers was one of inequality and oppression, which in
many instances explode in violence and death.
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