Sugar and the Origins of the Modern World

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Sugar and the Origins of the Modern World The world we live in today has an appetite for sweetness. The sweetness in candy bars, suckers, ice cream, and other desserts can be broken down from sugar. Sugar has been consumed since the fourth century B.C., and has remained in production ever since. A growing taste for this “stimulating commodity” had been established long ago by European capital, American land, and African labor. Together they combined into a single international economic enterprise. In 1715, Dr. Frederick Slare, an important member of the College of Physicians defends sugar and explains the importance of sugar to the lives of the English citizens. He argues that sugar consumption is of no concern as well. An individual had written a letter to English Parliament in 1745 explaining that the government should not raise its tax on sugar. He claims it would do more harm than good, even though sugar sales were very profitable at the time and it would make for an easy target to try and raise money to fund its wars with France. An African slave in 1814 also remembers his time as a slave and what violent acts he had seen occur to other slaves in the West Indies. Another former sugar planter, in 1673, shares his view on the life of sugar planting in Barbados. He also explains the up and coming production of sugar in Barbados as well as sugar being a great source of wealth to Europe. Dr. Frederick Slare explains that sugar has helped the economy flourish, and has helped make food that was tolerable to eat enjoyable. He goes into more detail by explaining that “By this commodity have numbers of persons, of inconsiderable estates, raised plantations, and from thence have gained such wealth as to return to their native country very rich, and have purchased, and do daily purchase great estates (Wisner et al.,
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2007, 96).” 1 Since the economy is flourishing, there should not be any hatred directed towards sugar. It’s not only benefitting the economy, it’s also benefitting the body, states
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2010 for the course HIS 20729 taught by Professor Ellis during the Fall '07 term at Michigan Flint.

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