Buena Vista: Life and Work on a Puerto Rican Hacienda, 1833-1904 / Edition 1

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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A revealing story of agricultural modernization.


Buena Vista can be used productively by both students and specialists alike.

The Americas

[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.


Thanks to this wonderful English translation, a contemporary Caribbean classic is now accessible to a wider readership.

Francisco A. Scarano, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807848012
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 6/21/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.99 (w) x 9.95 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Guillermo A. Baralt is professor of history at the University of Puerto Rico.

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Table of Contents


Foreword to the English Translation, by Teresita Martínez Vergne
Table of Weights and Measures
Chapter 1. Ponce in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century
Chapter 2. The Founding of Buena Vista: From Farm to Cornmeal Factory
Chapter 3. The Flour and Cornmeal Market in Ponce
Chapter 4. Buena Vista: A Village of Slaves, 1833-1873
Chapter 5. Coffee at Buena Vista: The Farm Becomes a Coffee Plantation, 1868-1898
Chapter 6. Hired Workers, 1873-1898
Chapter 7. Buena Vista after the U.S. Invasion, 1898-1904
Chapter 8. Conclusions
Chronology of Hacienda Buena Vista
Inventory of Buena Vista, 1863


1.1. Population of Ponce, 1846
1.2. Institutional and Administrative History of the Municipality of Ponce, 1800-1877
2.1. Commercial Crops, Buena Vista
2.2. Inventory of Livestock, Buena Vista, 1846
3.1. Main Crops in Ponce, 1864
3.2. Corn Prices, Buena Vista, 1868
3.3. Corn Purchases per Five-Year Period, 1850-1869
3.4. Buena Vista's Yearly Purchases of Corn, 1858-1871
3.5. Cornmeal Production at Buena Vista, 1850-1861
3.6. Buyers of Buena Vista Cornmeal, 1854
3.7. Income from Mill, 1850-1870
4.1. Number of Slaves at Buena Vista, 1846-1872
4.2. List of Slaves at Buena Vista, 1858
4.3. Place of Birth of Buena Vista Slaves
4.4. Deaths Caused by Cholera in Ponce, 1855-1856
4.5. Slave Deaths in Ponce, December 1855-November 1856
4.6. Runaway Slaves in Ponce, 1853-1865
5.1. Coffee Production in Puerto Rico, 1864-1896
5.2. Coffee Production in Ponce, by Barrio, 1863
5.3. Main Coffee-Producing Municipalities in Puerto Rico, 1897
5.4. Coffee Prices, 1839-1894
5.5. Coffee Exports, by Port, 1888
5.6. Losses at Buena Vista from Hurricane San Narciso, 1867
5.7. Replanting of Coffee Trees on Buena Vista, 1886
5.8. Buena Vista Coffee Production, 1861-1897
6.1. Jobs Done by Hired Workers at Buena Vista, 1873-1904
6.2. Coffee Pickers at Buena Vista, 1874
6.3. Coffee Pickers at Buena Vista, 1890
6.4. Payment to Coffee Pickers per Almud of Coffee Picked at Buena Vista, 1874-1894
6.5. Overseers at Buena Vista, 1872-1878
6.6. Salaries at Buena Vista for All Hired Workers (approximately 10), 1875
7.1. Coffee Production, Buena Vista, 1893-1900

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