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Like most developing regions, Latin America provides the world with primary commodities. This site explores a very important export which is often taken for granted: sugar.

 

From its birth under colonial rule, sugar has played a bittersweet role in the economics, history, and politics of Latin America, and especially of the Caribbean.

 

Even today, this everyday product is tainted by protectionist policies favouring first-world producers, as well as inhumane treatment of the very force that drives the production of sugar: the workers.

 

 

The site contains two main parts:

 

~ Part I ~

A brief overview of some of the major economic and historical issues pertaining to the sugar industry

 

 

~ Part II ~

Case studies of three sugar-producing countries: Haiti, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic

 

 

 

 

This website was developed as a class project

 

- by

 

Caitlin Myles

Kimberly Munro

Nydia Dauphin

Viola Barnett

 

For ECON 314

Professor Myron Frankman

McGill University

April 11, 2005

 

 

Please click here for a list of resources used to develop this site