4926 - Commodity Frontiers and the Crisis of Colonial Slavery 1783-1866

This paper examines the emergence of new frontiers of commodity production in the US South (cotton), Cuba (sugar), and Brazil (coffee) and their consequences for older regimes of colonial slavery in the Caribbean and Brazil. It particularly focuses on the ways in which these new zones forced the economic and political restructuring of the the Atlantic economy and shaped the crises of the older slave colonies.

Keywords: colonialism, slavery, commodity frontiers, Atlantic economy

Author: Tomich, Dale (Binghamton University, Ud States of Am / USA)


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