The Role of Chemistry in History

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Colonization and Coffee

May 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment ·

Introduction | What is Caffeine: Molecule Structure | Stimulating Science: The Properties of Caffeine generic cialis | Discovery: The Magical Bean | Coffee Creates a Social Lifestyle in Europe |Colonization and Coffee|Coffee’s Impact on the Nation of Brazil|Coffee Industry Today| Conclusions



Coffee had been imported solely from the Arab nations to Europe up until the eighteenth century. During the beginning of the 1700’s European powers – such as Britain, France and the Netherlands – began to colonize foreign lands. These countries decided to tap into the commercial market for coffee by establishing coffee plantations in many their colonies. Production of coffee occurred in colonies in Africa, South America as well as in the Caribbean.

The coffee industry proved to be a very lucrative one. Dicum and Luttinger discuss why this is when they write, “for most European colonial powers, coffee was a dream crop: a habit-forming, high value tropical product that travels well, with a ready market in Europe” (Dicum & Luttinger, 1999, p 26).

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For these reasons, the coffee industry has remained an extremely profitable and successful market for centuries.

The introduction of coffee plantations and cultivation into European colonies would dictate the future of these nations. The majority of former colonies still continue to produce and export the coffee bean to countries around the world. The cultivation of coffee has had a major economic, social and political impact on these nations, by shaping their history as well as their future.



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