[CUBAN MANUSCRIPT REPORT ON SUGAR AND RUM PRODUCTION IN JAMAICA]
by [Jamaica]: Arozarena, Ramon de, and Pedro Bauduy
Havana, 1828. 66pp. in Spanish (leaves numbered on rectos 72-104). Accompanied by a page-by-page summary in English. Folio. Dbd. Toned, long closed tears to two leaves, minor edge wear. Very good. In a half morocco box. An extensive and illuminating manuscript report regarding sugar production in Jamaica, by two Cuban commissioners, Ramon de Arozarena and Pedro Bauduy. The manuscript is written by Arozarena and signed at the end by both men. In 1828 the two Cuban commissioners traveled to Jamaica to study sugar production. Both islands had long histories of intensive production that had exhausted the soil and damaged the environment, and the Cubans wanted to see how their neighbors had adapted. The two men inspected several sugar farms. They reported that the Jamaican ecology was more damaged than their own, with most of the forest cover being destroyed. The scarcity of wood had led to changes in the refinement process which the Cubans hoped to emulate, requiring far less firewood. This process involved a great technique for the production of muscovado sugar, which could be successfully transplanted into Cuba. They also advocated the use of fertilizer and praised the superior Jamaican infrastructure of roads and irrigation. The report contains several statistical tables and narrative accounts of many aspects of Jamaican agriculture, as well as rum production. It was published later that year as INFORME PRESENTADO...EL ESTADO DE LA AGRICULTURA, Y ELABORACION Y BENEFICIO DE LOS FRUTOS COLONIALES EN LA DE JAMAYCA. Monzote, FROM RAINFOREST TO CANE FIELD IN CUBA, p.148.
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