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Title:A rentabilidade do cacau de S. Tomé e Príncipe: hipóteses de explicação
Author:Santos, Maciel Morais
Periodical:Africana studia: revista internacional de estudos africanos
Geographic term:São Tomé and Principe
Subjects:slave trade
contract labour
Abstract:Between the 1880s and the 1970s, cocoa growing on São Tomé e Príncipe developed through the import of forced labour, whose high costs are generally seen as the major cause of the end of the cocoa production cycle. Based on the few available statistical data, this article argues that the variation in labour costs was not the main determinant of agricultural profits on the islands. Furthermore, some data seem to confirm that the maintenance of slavery was a competitive advantage, at least in the capital-intensive exploitations of São Tomé. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and Portuguese (p. 259). [Journal abstract]