Networks of American Experts in the Caribbean: The Harvard Botanic Station in Cuba (1898–1930)
Leida Fernandez-Prieto ()
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Leida Fernandez-Prieto: CSIC-Madrid
Chapter 7 in Technology and Globalisation, 2018, pp 159-187 from Palgrave Macmillan
Abstract This chapter focuses on Harvard University’s contribution to producing knowledge on the tropics, in contexts of hegemonic imperial expansion and subsequent decolonisation and economic globalisation. It shows how networks of knowledge and US experts worked in the Caribbean in the early twentieth century in tune with global processes of imperial expansion and the development of capitalism. The sugar entrepreneur Edwin F. Atkins and the Harvard botanists George L. Goodale, Oakes Ames and Thomas Barbour founded the Harvard Botanical Garden and Sugar Cane Experimental Station in Cuba in 1899. Atkins financed the work of the Harvard botanists who developed a cane variety resistant to disease. The Harvard botanists turned the Garden into a tropical laboratory wherein they planted trees from across the world.
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