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Slave Families and the Hato Economy in Puerto Rico

David M. Stark


It has long been assumed that sugar cultivation and its attendant production culture shaped the institutional and social framework of slavery throughout the Caribbean. Yet there was greater diversification of economic activities and contrasting conditions of servitude existed. This book expands the study of slavery outside the context of sugar, focusing on the peculiar characteristics of enslavement in areas where the agricultural economy was oriented towards small farming—the hato economy, as was the case in eighteenth-century Puerto Rico. Did the absence of labor-intensive agricultural produ ... More

Keywords: Caribbean, hato economy, Puerto Rico, slavery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780813060439
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813060439.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David M. Stark, author
Grand Valley State University