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Distilling the Influence of Alcohol: Aguardiente in Guatemalan History

David Carey Jr.

Abstract

Despite its persistence and prevalence in the lives of most Central Americans, alcohol has received relatively little attention in Central American historiography. As a commodity that was produced and consumed locally (and often illicitly), aguardiente (distilled sugar cane spirits or rum) was frequently at the center of economic, political, and social conflicts between local communities and the state. The proceeds from alcohol manufacturing filled government coffers, fueled local economies, and fortified family livelihoods. Yet in a region where historians have emphasized the impact of such e ... More

Keywords: Alcohol, Economics, Politics, Social relations, Guatemala

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780813041629
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813041629.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Carey Jr., editor