This book traces the history of Buena Vista, an estate located in the southern foothills of Puerto Rico's central mountain range. Now a popular living history museum, Buena Vista flourished in the nineteenth century--first as a farm that furnished food for the city of Ponce and surrounding plantations, later as a producer of corn and cornmeal ground at the estate's water-powered mill, and finally as a coffee plantation. Drawing on an impressive range of primary sources, Guillermo Baralt portrays the estate's history as a series of overlapping changes: from slavery to salaried labor, from primitive processing techniques to the latest in mill technology, from Spanish rule to American control, and from hard-scrabble country life to life as part of the world marketplace. Richly illustrated and written in a lively narrative style, Buena Vista paints a compelling portrait of an era, an island, a family, and an estate, bringing a period in Caribbean history to vivid life. |This translation of a Caribbean classic vividly captures the full history of Buena Vista, the 19th-century Puerto Rican estate that is now a popular living history museum.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 16 mm
Edition: New edition
A revealing story of agricultural modernization.
"Buena Vista" can be used productively by both students and specialists alike.
"Thanks to this wonderful English translation, a contemporary Caribbean classic is now accessible to a wider readership.
Francisco A. Scarano, University of Wisconsin-Madison"
A ny visitor to Puerto Rico should read this book before making an obligatory visit to the islands Living Museum of Art and Science.
Thanks to this wonderful English translation, a contemporary Caribbean classic is now accessible to a wider readership.
Francisco A. Scarano, University of Wisconsin-Madison
[A]ny visitor to Puerto Rico should read [this book] before making an obligatory visit to the island s Living Museum of Art and Science.