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Sovereign SugarIndustry and Environment in Hawaii$
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Carol A. MacLennan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839499

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839499.001.0001

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Sugar’s Ecology

Sugar’s Ecology

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(p.36) Two Sugar’s Ecology
Source:
Sovereign Sugar
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Carol A. MacLennan

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839499.003.0003

This chapter discusses the third wave of ecological change—Hawaiʻi's early commercial sugar plantations—as it entered a world undergoing rapid changes in technology and market expansion. In tracing sugar's environmental history in these islands, the chapter focuses on two main points. First, the ability of the sugar capitalists, primarily missionary descendants, to organize their assets and secure their power in contests with Hawaiian monarchs and later with American opponents is a signature feature of this industry's success; and second, their schemes for managing sugar's tricky environmental demands with centralized political and scientific strategies had a major influence on the shape of the land and the legacy of island resources that mark today's landscape.

Keywords:   ecological change, Hawaiian sugar plantations, environmental history, sugar capitalists, environmental demands, island resources

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