Historic Photo of the Day: Loading the Sugar Train

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony

 

By 1935, US banking syndicates owned 80% of the cultivated land in Puerto Rico.

Most of this land was concentrated into sugar cane centrales.

All by themselves, the four largest centrales – Guánica, Aquirre, Fajardo, South Porto Rico Sugar – owned nearly half the total acreage of Puerto Rico’s farmlands.  

The US banking syndicates also owned the postal system, the San Juan International Seaport, and the coastal railroad system.

This photo was taken by Edwin Rosskam in 1938. Every loader worked a 10-hour workday and hoisted 50,000 pounds of sugar cane per day, onto the flatbed trains.

50,000 pounds of sugar per day.

 

2 Comments on “Historic Photo of the Day: Loading the Sugar Train

  1. GRATOS RECUERDOS AQUELLOS. MI PADRE COMO TENIA NEGOCIO PREPARABA UNOS PEDAZOS DE PAN Y LES ECHABAN ADENTRO BACALAO ACEITE Y CEBOLLA Y EN EL TIEMPO DEL AGUACATE TAMBIEN LE ECHABAN, Y MI HERMANO MAYOR SE LOS LLEVABA DONDE ESTABAN ESTOS TRABAJADORES Y ESE ERA SU ALMUERZO. HABIA UNA DAMA QUE VENDIA CAFE EN CANECAS.. ESTE ALMUERZO QUE ELLOS CONSUMIAN LOS PAGABAN EL DIA QUE COBRABAN. A VECES NO VOLVIAN Y ESE DINERO SE PERDIA..

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