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Buena Vista: Life and Work on a Puerto Rican Hacienda, 1833-1904

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This book traces the history of Buena Vista, an estate located in the southern foothills of Puerto Rico's central mountain range. Now a popular living history museum, Buena Vista flourished in the nineteenth century—first as a farm that furnished food for the city of Ponce and surrounding plantations, later as a producer of corn and cornmeal ground at the estate's water-powered mill, and finally as a coffee plantation.

Drawing on an impressive range of primary sources, Guillermo Baralt portrays the estate's history as a series of overlapping changes: from slavery to salaried labor, from primitive processing techniques to the latest in mill technology, from Spanish rule to American control, and from hard-scrabble country life to life as part of the world marketplace. Richly illustrated and written in a lively narrative style, Buena Vista paints a compelling portrait of an era, an island, a family, and an estate, bringing a period in Caribbean history to vivid life.

Synopsis:

A revealing story of agricultural modernization.

Choice Buena Vista can be used productively by both students and specialists alike.

The Americas [A]ny visitor to Puerto Rico should read [this book] before making an obligatory visit to the island•s Living Museum of Art and Science.

Planeta.com Thanks to this wonderful English translation, a contemporary Caribbean classic is now accessible to a wider readership.

Francisco A. Scarano, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Synopsis:

This translation of a Caribbean classic vividly captures the full history of Buena Vista, the 19th-century Puerto Rican estate that is now a popular living history museum.

About the Author

Guillermo A. Baralt is professor of history at the University of Puerto Rico.Andrew Hurley is professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword to the English Translation, by Teresita Martínez Vergne

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Table of Weights and Measures

Introduction

Chapter 1. Ponce in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century

Chapter 2. The Founding of Buena Vista: From Farm to Cornmeal Factory

Chapter 3. The Flour and Cornmeal Market in Ponce

Chapter 4. Buena Vista: A Village of Slaves, 1833-1873

Chapter 5. Coffee at Buena Vista: The Farm Becomes a Coffee Plantation, 1868-1898

Chapter 6. Hired Workers, 1873-1898

Chapter 7. Buena Vista after the U.S. Invasion, 1898-1904

Chapter 8. Conclusions

Afterword

Chronology of Hacienda Buena Vista

Inventory of Buena Vista, 1863

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Tables

1.1. Population of Ponce, 1846

1.2. Institutional and Administrative History of the Municipality of Ponce, 1800-1877

2.1. Commercial Crops, Buena Vista

2.2. Inventory of Livestock, Buena Vista, 1846

3.1. Main Crops in Ponce, 1864

3.2. Corn Prices, Buena Vista, 1868

3.3. Corn Purchases per Five-Year Period, 1850-1869

3.4. Buena Vista's Yearly Purchases of Corn, 1858-1871

3.5. Cornmeal Production at Buena Vista, 1850-1861

3.6. Buyers of Buena Vista Cornmeal, 1854

3.7. Income from Mill, 1850-1870

4.1. Number of Slaves at Buena Vista, 1846-1872

4.2. List of Slaves at Buena Vista, 1858

4.3. Place of Birth of Buena Vista Slaves

4.4. Deaths Caused by Cholera in Ponce, 1855-1856

4.5. Slave Deaths in Ponce, December 1855-November 1856

4.6. Runaway Slaves in Ponce, 1853-1865

5.1. Coffee Production in Puerto Rico, 1864-1896

5.2. Coffee Production in Ponce, by Barrio, 1863

5.3. Main Coffee-Producing Municipalities in Puerto Rico, 1897

5.4. Coffee Prices, 1839-1894

5.5. Coffee Exports, by Port, 1888

5.6. Losses at Buena Vista from Hurricane San Narciso, 1867

5.7. Replanting of Coffee Trees on Buena Vista, 1886

5.8. Buena Vista Coffee Production, 1861-1897

6.1. Jobs Done by Hired Workers at Buena Vista, 1873-1904

6.2. Coffee Pickers at Buena Vista, 1874

6.3. Coffee Pickers at Buena Vista, 1890

6.4. Payment to Coffee Pickers per Almud of Coffee Picked at Buena Vista, 1874-1894

6.5. Overseers at Buena Vista, 1872-1878

6.6. Salaries at Buena Vista for All Hired Workers (approximately 10), 1875

7.1. Coffee Production, Buena Vista, 1893-1900

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807848012
Author:
Baralt, Guillermo
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Hurley, Andrew
Author:
Guillermo Bara
Author:
lt
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
Subject:
History
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
Commodities
Subject:
Coffee trade
Subject:
Coffee industry
Subject:
Grain trade
Subject:
Coffee industry -- Puerto Rico -- Ponce -- History -- 19th century.
Subject:
Haciendas
Subject:
Buena Vista Hacienda
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - General
Subject:
Latin American Studies; Caribbean Studies; economic history; Caribbean history; living history museum; estate; plantation; corn meal mill; slavery; salaried labor; mill technology; Spanish rule; American control; country life; world marketplace; agrarian
Subject:
Latin American Studies; Caribbean Studies; economic history; Caribbean history; living history museum; estate; plantation; corn meal mill; slavery; salaried labor; mill technology; Spanish rule; American control; country life; world marketplace; agrarian
Subject:
Latin American Studies; Caribbean Studies; economic history; Caribbean history; living history museum; estate; plantation; corn meal mill; slavery; salaried labor; mill technology; Spanish rule; American control; country life; world marketplace; agrarian
Subject:
Latin American Studies; Caribbean Studies; economic history; Caribbean history; living history museum; estate; plantation; corn meal mill; slavery; salaried labor; mill technology; Spanish rule; American control; country life; world marketplace; agrarian
Subject:
Buena Vista Hacienda (P.R.) History.
Subject:
Haciendas - Puerto Rico - Ponce - History -
Subject:
Latin American Studies; Caribbean Studies; economic history; Caribbean history; living history museum; estate; plantation; corn meal mill; slavery; salaried labor; mill technology; Spanish rule; American control; country life; world marketplace; agrarian
Subject:
Latin American Studies; Caribbean Studies; economic history; Caribbean history; living history museum; estate; plantation; corn meal mill; slavery; salaried labor; mill technology; Spanish rule; American control; country life; world marketplace; agrarian
Subject:
Latin American Studies; Caribbean Studies; economic history; Caribbean history; living history museum; estate; plantation; corn meal mill; slavery; salaried labor; mill technology; Spanish rule; American control; country life; world marketplace; agrarian
Subject:
Latin American Studies; Caribbean Studies; economic history; Caribbean history; living history museum; estate; plantation; corn meal mill; slavery; salaried labor; mill technology; Spanish rule; American control; country life; world marketplace; agrarian
Subject:
Latin American Studies; Caribbean Studies; economic history; Caribbean history; living history museum; estate; plantation; corn meal mill; slavery; salaried labor; mill technology; Spanish rule; American control; country life; world marketplace; agrarian
Subject:
Latin American Studies; Caribbean Studies; economic history; Caribbean history; living history museum; estate; plantation; corn meal mill; slavery; salaried labor; mill technology; Spanish rule; American control; country life; world marketplace; agrarian
Subject:
Latin American Studies; Caribbean Studies; economic history; Caribbean history; living history museum; estate; plantation; corn meal mill; slavery; salaried labor; mill technology; Spanish rule; American control; country life; world marketplace; agrarian
Subject:
Latin American Studies; Caribbean Studies; economic history; Caribbean history; living history museum; estate; plantation; corn meal mill; slavery; salaried labor; mill technology; Spanish rule; American control; country life; world marketplace; agrarian
Subject:
Latin American Studies; Caribbean Studies; economic history; Caribbean history; living history museum; estate; plantation; corn meal mill; slavery; salaried labor; mill technology; Spanish rule; American control; country life; world marketplace; agrarian
Subject:
Latin American Studies; Caribbean Studies; economic history; Caribbean history; living history museum; estate; plantation; corn meal mill; slavery; salaried labor; mill technology; Spanish rule; American control; country life; world marketplace; agrarian
Subject:
Latin American studies
Subject:
Caribbean Studies
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Caribbean History
Subject:
living history museum
Subject:
Estate
Subject:
Plantation
Subject:
corn meal mill
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
salaried labor
Subject:
mill technology
Subject:
Spanish rule
Subject:
American control
Subject:
Country life
Subject:
world marketplace
Subject:
agrarian history
Subject:
World History-Caribbean
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Publication Date:
January 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
10 x 8 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Latin America » Puerto Rico
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » Caribbean

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Product details 208 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807848012 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A revealing story of agricultural modernization.

Choice Buena Vista can be used productively by both students and specialists alike.

The Americas [A]ny visitor to Puerto Rico should read [this book] before making an obligatory visit to the island•s Living Museum of Art and Science.

Planeta.com Thanks to this wonderful English translation, a contemporary Caribbean classic is now accessible to a wider readership.

Francisco A. Scarano, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Synopsis" by , This translation of a Caribbean classic vividly captures the full history of Buena Vista, the 19th-century Puerto Rican estate that is now a popular living history museum.
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