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Historical Ecology and Archaeology in the Galápagos IslandsA Legacy of Human Occupation$
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Peter W. Stahl, Fernando J. Astudillo, Ross W. Jamieson, Diego Quiroga, and Florencio Delgado

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066271

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066271.001.0001

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Manuel J. Cobos, San Cristóbal, and the Hacienda El Progreso

Manuel J. Cobos, San Cristóbal, and the Hacienda El Progreso

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Historical Ecology and Archaeology in the Galápagos Islands

Peter W. Stahl

Fernando J. Astudillo

Ross W. Jamieson

Diego Quiroga

Florencio Delgado

University Press of Florida

This chapter describes the historic Hacienda El Progreso and its evolution into an industrial-scale sugar plantation and extensive cattle ranch, particularly after its founding visionary, Manuel J. Cobos, returned to San Cristóbal Island in 1879. The island’s climate, vegetation, and contemporary human population are introduced with particular attention on the highland village of El Progreso, the historic hacienda’s namesake. The chapter details the transformation of island landscapes through historic descriptions of the hacienda’s expanding holdings, infrastructure, and human population. Further historic descriptions of Hacienda El Progreso after Cobos’ assassination by his workers in 1904 track its waning fortunes and eventual fate into the 1960s.

Keywords:   San Cristóbal, Hacienda El Progreso, Manuel J. Cobos, El Progreso, Sugar Plantation, Cattle Ranch, Infrastructure, Population

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