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Insatiable AppetiteThe United States and the Ecological Degradation of the Tropical World$
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Richard Tucker

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520220874

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520220874.001.0001

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Lords of the Pacific: Sugar Barons in the Hawaiian and Philippine Islands

Lords of the Pacific: Sugar Barons in the Hawaiian and Philippine Islands

(p.63) Chapter 2 Lords of the Pacific: Sugar Barons in the Hawaiian and Philippine Islands
Insatiable Appetite

Richard P. Tucker

University of California Press

This chapter takes a look at the sugar barons who built sugar plantations in the Hawaiian and Philippine Islands. The first section examines the trade in China, which was mostly cloth, timber, spices, and other natural and processed products. It notes that the first Europeans who travelled to Southeast Asia and the South China Sea hoped to find sources of infinite riches and resources. These resources could be ocean resources, such as sea otter pelts and whale oil. The next section is about the discovery of the Hawaiian Islands and the plunder of sandalwood. It then discusses the American sugar barons in Hawaii and the Philippines, and notes that growing sugar cane in Hawaii was very different from growing sugar cane in other locations. The chapter also discusses the plantation system and introduces blackbirding, which is the practice of impressing unwilling laborers into service. The Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association (HSPA), sugar production, and the profits made during and after the Second World War are also discussed.

Keywords:   sugar barons, ocean resources, China trade, sandalwood, plantation system, blackbirding, Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association, sugar production

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