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Publication . Article . 2021

Compelled to import: Cuban consumption at the dawn of the nineteenth century

Nadia Fernández-de-Pinedo;
Open Access
English
Published: 19 Aug 2021 Journal: Atlantic Studies (issn: 1478-8810, eissn: 1740-4649, Copyright policy )
Country: Spain
Abstract

One of the sources that allow us to analyse certain consumption patterns are trade balances. These documents are especially relevant in the case of island colonies, such as Cuba, that depended on the outside world for many kinds of supplies, not just the basic ones. Despite their limitations, data on imported goods from Havana's balance of trade at the dawn of the nineteenth century allow us to examine the consumer goods that were most in demand in Cuba at that time. This essay uses that information to emphasise the relationship between colony and metropole in terms of material culture, with a particular focus on the core items of food, clothing and household goods. Overall, patterns of consumption reflect patterns of production and imports.

GECEM Project (ERC-Starting Grant), ref. 679371, under the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, www.gecem.eu.

GECEM Project (ERC-Starting Grant), ref. 679371, Horizon 2020, project hosted at UPO

Subjects by Vocabulary

Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Household goods Economy Economics Consumption (economics)

Subjects

Literature and Literary Theory, History, Cultural Studies, Cuba, Spanish empire, Consumption, Textiles, Household goods, Commerce, Proyecto GECEM, Cuba, Spanish empire, Consumption, Textiles, Household goods, Commerce, Proyecto GECEM

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EC| GECEM
Project
GECEM
Global Encounters between China and Europe: Trade Networks, Consumption and Cultural Exchanges in Macau and Marseille (1680-1840)
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 679371
  • Funding stream: H2020 | ERC | ERC-STG
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EC| GECEM
Project
GECEM
Global Encounters between China and Europe: Trade Networks, Consumption and Cultural Exchanges in Macau and Marseille (1680-1840)
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 679371
  • Funding stream: H2020 | ERC | ERC-STG
Validated by funder
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