Ships of Christopher Columbus’s second voyage unloaded Sugar Cane in 1493, at what was to become the city of Santo Domingo, on the island of Hispaniola (now in the Dominican Republic). Then in 1515 a sugar mill was built on the island.
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- Sugar cane
Sugar cane — native to Southeast Asia — first made its way to the New World with Christopher Columbus during his 1492 voyage to the Dominican Republic, where it grew well in the tropical environment.
- The Spread of Sugarcane in the New World – Alcademics.com
When we last left off looking at sugarcane’s spread from India/Indonesia to the rest of the world, the sugar industry had shifted from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic islands of Spain and Portugal, including Madeira and the Canary islands.
- History of sugar – Wikipedia
Known worldwide through the end of the medieval period, sugar was very expensive and was considered a “fine spice”, but from about the year 1500, technological improvements and New World sources began turning it into a much cheaper bulk commodity.
- The Sugar Trade in the West Indies and Brazil Between 1492 and …
Soon after Columbus returned from his first voyage to the new world it became apparent to old world investors and the Spanish crown that the new territories could not be exploited as had been hoped. Indeed, Magellan’s circumnavigation of 1519-1522 proved that the territories visited by Columbus weren’t even parts of Asia, but a continent that could offer little in the way of spices and manufactured goods such as were exported from east Asia.
- Epic World History: Sugarcane Plantations in the Americas
The histories of African slavery and sugar production in the Americas are inextricably bound together.
- Top Sugarcane Producing Countries – World Atlas
Sugarcane is an important commercial crop worldwide, and one of the principal sources of sugar, ethanol, and jaggery (a semi-refined sugar product used in the Indian subcontinent) globally.
- Christopher Columbus – Wikipedia
The name Christopher Columbus is the Anglicisation of the Latin Christophorus Columbus. His name in Italian is Cristoforo Colombo and, in Spanish, it is Cristóbal Colón.