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The Sugar Revolution

B. W. Higman
The Economic History Review
New Series, Vol. 53, No. 2 (May, 2000), pp. 213-236
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Economic History Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2598696
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Abstract

The 'sugar revolution' concept is commonly used to characterize the transformation of society and economy that occurred in the English and French West Indies in the middle of the seventeenth century. This transformation was marked by an abrupt shift to monoculture, plantation agriculture, and dense populations of enslaved Africans, producing great wealth. Larger claims have been made for sugar's impact on the Atlantic world, and sugar revolutions have been identified in other places and other times. A critical review of the subject literature reveals a general agreement that the concept does identify a genuine historical discontinuity.

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