Winds of Change
Hurricanes and the Transformation of Nineteenth-Century Cuba
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Subject: History, Nature | University of North Carolina
Print ISBN: 9.78E+12
eBook ISBN: 9780807875650
Always vulnerable to hurricanes, Cuba was ravaged in 1842, 1844, and 1846 by three catastrophic storms, with staggering losses of life and property. Louis Perez combines eyewitness and literary accounts with agricultural data and economic records to show how important facets of the colonial political economy--among them, land tenure forms, labor organization, and production systems--and many of the social relationships at the core of Cuban society were transformed as a result of these and lesser hurricanes. He also examines the impact of repeated natural disasters on the development of Cuban identity and community. Bound together in the face of forces beyond their control, Cubans forged bonds of unity in their ongoing efforts to persevere and recover in the aftermath of destruction.