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Unformatted text preview: Hannan Merritt Latin American Perspectives 10/2/07 Cuba and Venezuela are two countries that bear many of the same marks upon the landscape and the economy. Each has experienced the devastating economic effects of a reliance on exporting one or two products. Each has also experienced years of careless, negligent, or even harmful governing and has weathered numerous uprisings of the people. Cuba was a country ruled by sugar. After the British took over Havana they were able to institute large scale production of sugar cane and the various accessories needed to harvest sugar cane. Galeano states that The sugar mills absorbed everything, men and land (67). This dangerous reliance on one product and adoption of a monoculture that has to be exported is not good for both the soil and the natural landscape and the economic outlook of a nation. Since sugarcane is a plunderer of fertility and nutrients in the soil, The present-day per hectare yield...
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course LTAM 220 taught by Professor Mckinney during the Fall '08 term at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
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