From Coffee to Tea Cultivation in Ceylon, 1880-1900

From Coffee to Tea Cultivation in Ceylon, 1880-1900

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In the early 1880s a disastrous plant disease diminished the yields of the hitherto flourishing coffee plantation of Ceylon. Coincidentally, world market conditions for coffee were becoming increasingly unfavourable. The combination of these factors brought a swift end to coffee cultivation in the British crown colony and pushed the island into a severe economic crisis. When Ceylon re-emerged from this crisis only a decade later, its economy had been thoroughly transformed and now rested on the large-scale cultivation of tea. This book uses the unprecedented intensity and swiftness of this process to highlight the socioeconomic interconnections and dependencies in tropical export economies in the late nineteenth century and it shows how dramatically Ceylonese society was affected by the economic transformation.Otherwise it would have hardly been possible to create such a demand for seeds with the little capital at hand. ... According to Wickremeratne, this preference did not change in the 1880s, as Henry Trimena€”Thwaitesa#39; successor at the ... And in times of capital shortage it seems irrational as the locally produced seeds were much cheaper than the imported ones. ... to the profits obtained from the flourishing cinchona trade and to the increasing supplies of Assamese tea seeds that startedanbsp;...

Title:From Coffee to Tea Cultivation in Ceylon, 1880-1900
Author:Roland Wenzlhuemer
Publisher:BRILL - 2008-01-23


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