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dc.contributor.authorEuwema, Jeffrey A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T21:36:28Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T21:36:28Z
dc.date.issued1993-05-19en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-05192010-020136en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/42751
dc.description.abstract

Post-emancipation Grenada poses a unique situation in the agricultural milieu of the Caribbean. Grenada not only defied the norms of a mono-cultural existence, but experienced relative prosperity during a time of general depression. The colony's prosperity between 1870-1917 can be attributed to the agricultural transformation from large-scale sugar production to small-scale peasant cultivation of cocoa in the latter half of the nineteenth century.

Much of the written history concerning post-emancipation society in the Caribbean has tended to underline the collective impoverishment following the decline of sugar production. Furthermore, studies have concentrated on the handicaps and inefficiencies associated with peasant agriculture. This thesis attempts to go beyond these broad generalizations of underdevelopment and examines how Grenada's agricultural transformation to cocoa initiated fundamental change in the countryside. This agricultural transformation to cocoa not only allowed Grenada to escape the disastrous consequences experienced by its neighbors, but gave rise to an independent peasantry. An evaluation of the resulting socioeconomic consequences will focus on how the cultivation of cocoa helped the peasantry improve their situation, provided them with a greater sense of humility and most importantly contributed to the overall welfare of the colony.

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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartLD5655.V855_1993.E994.pdfen_US
dc.subjectCocoa tradeen_US
dc.subject.lccLD5655.V855 1993.E994en_US
dc.titleThe decline of sugar production and the rise of cocoa production in Grenada 1870-1917: the changing fortunes of a cocoa peasantryen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentGeographyen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGeographyen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairRichardson, Bonham C.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberGrossman, Lawrence S.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHoward, Thomas C.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05192010-020136/en_US
dc.date.sdate2010-05-19en_US
dc.date.rdate2010-05-19
dc.date.adate2010-05-19en_US


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