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Making Tropical Agriculture: Science, Knowledge and Practice in Cuba, 1881–1906

AuthorsFernández-Prieto, Leida
Tropical agriculture
Economic botanic
Cuban Agricultural Experiment Station
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
Franklin S. Earle
Issue Date2014
PublisherRussian Academy of Sciences
CitationStudies in the History of Biology 2014. Том 6. № 1, 7-25
AbstractFranklin S. Earle was the fi rst director of the Agricultural Experiment Station founded by the Cuban Government in 1904. He was the author of institutional scientifi c design that was the key to breaking the predominance of sugar in Cuban agricultural research. However, the Cuban Government’s choice of Earle de-legitimized a group of agriculturists trained in colonial Cuba. In this paper, I explore the way in which Earle and a group of people conceived scientifi c agricultural knowledge in the years from 1881 to 1906. I analyze the complex and ambiguous relationships between the Cuban agriculturists and two imperial powers, fi rstly with Spain, traditionally ignored by agricultural science historiography and, later, with the United States; as well as when Cuba was a Republic. I also highlight the multiple interests and networks that infl uenced Earle’s work, such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and, especially, the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG).
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