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Conclusion

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 January 2020

César J. Ayala
Affiliation:
University of California, Los Angeles
Laird W. Bergad
Affiliation:
Lehman College, City University of New York
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Summary

When we began this project, our objective was to empirically examine one major aspect of the inherited knowledge on how the United States impacted the structures of Puerto Rican rural society in the early twentieth century. This revolved around the fundamental issue of landownership and how basic tenure and ownership structures changed through time under US colonial rule. The prevailing interpretation, as we have stated, was that land alienation was a fundamental process experienced in rural Puerto Rico as the economy shifted from a predominantly coffee-export economy in the late nineteenth century to a sugar-plantation economy and society on the coast. Large-scale capital investments by the Sugar Trust created modern central factories in specific coastal zones, and massive corporate-owned landed estates extending for tens of thousands of acres dominated rural life in these regions, to be sure.

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Agrarian Puerto Rico
Reconsidering Rural Economy and Society, 1899–1940
, pp. 272 - 281
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • Conclusion
  • César J. Ayala, University of California, Los Angeles, Laird W. Bergad, Lehman College, City University of New York
  • Book: Agrarian Puerto Rico
  • Online publication: 13 January 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108763981.011
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  • Conclusion
  • César J. Ayala, University of California, Los Angeles, Laird W. Bergad, Lehman College, City University of New York
  • Book: Agrarian Puerto Rico
  • Online publication: 13 January 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108763981.011
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  • Conclusion
  • César J. Ayala, University of California, Los Angeles, Laird W. Bergad, Lehman College, City University of New York
  • Book: Agrarian Puerto Rico
  • Online publication: 13 January 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108763981.011
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