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Oil and Coffee: Latin American Merchant Shipping from the Imperial Era to the 1950s
     

Oil and Coffee: Latin American Merchant Shipping from the Imperial Era to the 1950s

by Rene De La Pedraja, Greenwood Press
 

Latin Americans as sailors? This remark caused laughter among 19th-century foreign observers, particularly British observers. Yet, Latin Americans did struggle to create important merchant fleets, an effort largely ignored outside the region. This book rescues Latin American shipping from oblivion. In a chronological narrative, it presents the most important events

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Latin Americans as sailors? This remark caused laughter among 19th-century foreign observers, particularly British observers. Yet, Latin Americans did struggle to create important merchant fleets, an effort largely ignored outside the region. This book rescues Latin American shipping from oblivion. In a chronological narrative, it presents the most important events in the emergence of Latin American shipping. While focusing on the shipping companies, the book also roams widely into governmental policy, foreign relations, and naval affairs.

Divided into two parts, the book opens with a brief summary of the age of sailing ships, then traces the history of the first steamship companies, focusing on Brazil and Chile until 1914. Part I then goes on to analyze the impact of World War I and the Great Depression. Part II considers World War II and U.S. surplus ships. New issues in Latin American shipping, arising in the 1950s, will be discussed in another volume.

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Presents a chronological narrative of important episodes in the emergence of Latin American shipping, focusing on companies themselves but also discussing government policy, foreign relations, and naval affairs. Part I covers the history of Latin American up to the 1930s, briefly summarizing the age of sailing ships and tracing the history of the first steamship companies. Emphasis is on Brazil and Chile, and the impact of WWI and the Great Depression. WWII and US surplus ships are the main themes in Part II. Includes a chronology. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313308390
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/24/1998
Series:
Contributions in Economics and Economic History Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1610L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

RENÉ DE LA PEDRAJA is Professor of History at Canisius College. The author of books on U.S. shipping and the history of energy policies and industries in South America, his most recent book is A Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Merchant Marine and Shipping Industry (Greenwood, 1994).

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