Buena Vista: Life and Work on a Puerto Rican Hacienda, 1833-1904 Guillermo Baralt

ISBN: 9780807848012

Published: June 21st 1999

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208 pages


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Buena Vista: Life and Work on a Puerto Rican Hacienda, 1833-1904  by  Guillermo Baralt

Buena Vista: Life and Work on a Puerto Rican Hacienda, 1833-1904 by Guillermo Baralt
June 21st 1999 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 208 pages | ISBN: 9780807848012 | 8.51 Mb

This book traces the history of Buena Vista, an estate located in the southern foothills of Puerto Ricos central mountain range. Now a popular living history museum, Buena Vista flourished in the nineteenth century--first as a farm that furnishedMoreThis book traces the history of Buena Vista, an estate located in the southern foothills of Puerto Ricos central mountain range. Now a popular living history museum, Buena Vista flourished in the nineteenth century--first as a farm that furnished food for the city of Ponce and surrounding plantations, later as a producer of corn and cornmeal ground at the estates water-powered mill, and finally as a coffee plantation.Drawing on an impressive range of primary sources, Guillermo Baralt portrays the estates history as a series of overlapping changes: from slavery to salaried labor, from primitive processing techniques to the latest in mill technology, from Spanish rule to American control, and from hard-scrabble country life to life as part of the world marketplace.

Richly illustrated and written in a lively narrative style, Buena Vista paints a compelling portrait of an era, an island, a family, and an estate, bringing a period in Caribbean history to vivid life.



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