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The Golden Leaf: How Tobacco Shaped Cuba and the Atlantic World

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Through the rise and fall of empires, ideologies, and economies, tobacco grown on the tiny island of Cuba has remained an enduring symbol of pleasure and extravagance. Cultivated as one of the first reliable commodities for those inhabitants who remained after conquistadors moved on in search of a mythical wellspring of gold, tobacco quickly
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Vanderbilt University Press (first published February 1st 2015)
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Mar 10, 2015 Jon rated it really liked it
Nice, concise overview of Cuba's colonial tobacco trade. I'm principally familiar with Virginia history, so this detailed snapshot of her major competitor's policies and practices was an entertaining counterbalance. Exceedingly well researched, I judge this as I judge any good history, by the notations and references which comprise the back half of the work, and they don't disappoint. For Anglocentric readers like me, Dr. Cosner places her subject in the greater context of the European colonial ...more
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