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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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Plantation Centers

Plantation Centers

(p.123) Six Plantation Centers
Sovereign Sugar

Carol A. MacLennan

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the pivotal twenty years in which Hawaiʻi's economy turned toward sugar, when the plantation as an agricultural model of production expanded its grasp on the economy. During this time basic features of rural factory life were established. Hawaiʻi's king and legislature committed extensive resources to the success of sugar export and looked outward toward taking a leading role in the Pacific island community of small nations. Forests, mountain waters, and pastures above the growing cane lands were increasingly drawn into the sugar cycle and served plantation needs above those of others. Whaling, vegetable trade, pulu, and hides—all having provided the nation with income—declined precipitously.

Keywords:   plantation centers, rural factory life, sugar export, sugar cycle, sugar plantations, Hawaiian economy

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