Of Mixed Blood: Kinship and History in Peruvian Amazonia by Peter Gow

By Peter Gow

This booklet is an ethnography of the local humans of the Bajo Urubamba river in Peruvian Amazonia. Gow makes an attempt to account for the truth that the folks of this sector seem to be very acculturated compared to better-known indigenous Amazonian peoples. He argues that once local people's claims are considered from the point of view in their personal values, and within the context in their production of existence throughout the efficient transformation of the woodland and the commodity economic system, they are often noticeable to shape a coherent a part of kinship. ancient switch is hence printed as inside to the continued production of kinship for local humans, instead of alien to it.

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Four Decades of Growth In 1876, Tucumán contributed 12 percent of the sugar consumed in Argentina. Two decades later, domestic demand had increased threefold and by then the province was processing more than 80 percent of the sugar consumed in the domestic market. A significant increase in the area cultivated in sugarcane and the adoption of modern technology accounted for the impressive expansion of Tucumán’s industry during the decades that followed the arrival of the railroad to the province.

Most of the sugar machinery was purchased from the French company Fives-Lille, which provided a favorable payment plan that enabled the ingenio to acquire all the modern technology at once. The ingenio relied on both hydraulic and steam power in order to avoid work stoppages in case of drought. It also incorporated iron-roller mills with powerful crushing capacity, centrifuges, and vacuum pans. 27 Even though the contract stipulated a ten-year commitment, the partnership was dissolved in 1881 when Dermit canceled the arrangement.

16 In 1874 the area cultivated with sugarcane represented only 5 percent of the total cultivated land in the province, while cereals—in particular maize and wheat—maintained their preeminence, accounting for 70 percent. Therefore, during the 1860s and 1870s, in their pursuit to maximize profits, provincial entrepreneurs added sugar to their already diversified range of investments. Sugar production was preferred to other crops, such as tobacco, as it offered a viable and profitable alternative to Tucumán’s entrepreneurs.

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