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Raising Cane in the 'GladesThe Global Sugar Trade and the Transformation of Florida$
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Gail M. Hollander

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226349503

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226349480.001.0001

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The Cold War Heats up the Nation's Sugar Bowl

The Cold War Heats up the Nation's Sugar Bowl

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(p.151) Chapter Five The Cold War Heats up the Nation's Sugar Bowl
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Raising Cane in the 'Glades
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226349480.003.0005

In the context of the Cold War, the 1959 Cuban Revolution produced a profound historical shift in the economic geography of U.S. sugar sourcing. This chapter concentrates on the years immediately preceding and following the revolution. Prior to the revolution, Cuba was both Florida's principal rival and its production model. When, in 1960, President Eisenhower suspended the Cuban quota, a scramble to increase allotments ensued among producing regions, both domestic and foreign. Florida emerged as one of the significant “winners” in the fight to secure a larger share of the U.S. market. The chapter shows why that was so, how the industry was able to expand five-fold within five years, and how the relationship between the Florida and Cuban sugar industries was transformed. The explosive growth of south Florida sugarcane production, historically unprecedented in U.S. agro-industry, made the region the single most powerful player in the competition over quotas during the Cold War.

Keywords:   Cuban Revolution, sugar industry, competition, Cuba, Florida, economic geography, sugar sourcing, sugarcane production, sugar quotas

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