Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Cul de SacPatrimony, Capitalism, and Slavery in French Saint-Domingue$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Paul Cheney

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226079356

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226411774.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 06 July 2022

Production and Investment

Production and Investment

(p.42) Chapter Two Production and Investment
Cul de Sac

Paul Cheney

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the division of labor and the process of sugar production on the plantations of Saint-Domingue. Plantations like the Ferron de la Ferronnays operation on the Cul de Sac plain had a contradictory set of imperatives: they existed to produce specialized crops for sale on world markets, which precluded the production of subsistence crops; at the same time, they had to hedge against the ever-present possibility that warfare or meteorological crisis would temporarily shutter world markets to them. This fact dictated a less technologically dynamic, more labor-intensive pattern of investment. The eighteenth-century plantation was poised between two forms of organization: it resembled the nineteenth century factory, but in other respects it resembled a much older social form: the latifundia of the ancient world, which were organized around the need for self-sufficiency and stability that the plantations of the Antilles rarely achieved.

Keywords:   sugar cultivation, sugar refining, infrastructure, management, irrigation, soil fertility, specialization, rationality

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.