This study presents tantalizing evidence that hurricanes and other climate extremes exercised a powerful influence over colonial policy affecting Spanish-ruled Cuba during the second half of the eighteenth century. The book’s trans-Caribbean perspective and far-ranging archival research complements John R. McNeill’s recent work on the impact of mosquito-borne illness on the military history of the Age of Revolution. This book makes a compelling case that vagaries in the supply of wheat flour played a critical role not only in the politics of free trade but also in perceptions of the ability of the colonial state to provide a civilized life for its subjects. A daily ration of white bread was a legal right accorded to the regular military, colored militia, and even to the king’s slaves, and it was a key marker of status in a society obsessed with matters of race and...
Book Review| February 01 2013
Climate and Catastrophe in Cuba and the Atlantic World in the Age of Revolution
Climate and Catastrophe in Cuba and the Atlantic World in the Age of Revolution. By Johnson, Sherry.
University of North Carolina Press,
306pp. , $39.95.
Hispanic American Historical Review (2013) 93 (1): 103–104.
Gregory T. Cushman; Climate and Catastrophe in Cuba and the Atlantic World in the Age of Revolution. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 February 2013; 93 (1): 103–104. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-1902733
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