By Glenn A. Chambers

ISBN-10: 0807135577

ISBN-13: 9780807135570

On the flip of the 20th century, Honduras witnessed the growth of its banana and the improvement of the United Fruit corporation and conventional Fruit into multinational organizations with major political and monetary impact in Latin the US and the Caribbean. those businesses relied seriously on an imported hard work strength, millions of West Indian employees, whose arrival in Honduras instantly sparked anti-black and anti-immigrant sentiment in the course of the state. Glenn A. Chambers examines the West Indian immigrant neighborhood in Honduras in the course of the improvement of the country's fruit undefined, revealing that West Indians fought to keep up their identities as staff, Protestants, blacks, and English audio system in the middle of well known Latin American nationalistic notions of mestizaje, or mixed-race id. West Indians lived as outsiders in Honduran society as a result of the various racially influenced projects of the Honduran executive that outlined applicable immigration as "white only." As Chambers indicates, one accidental, although maybe predictable, end result of this political stance was once the emergence of a truly outlined and separate West Indian enclave that proved to be adverse towards local Hondurans. This clash eventually ended in animosity among English-speaking and Spanish-speaking Hondurans, in addition to among West Indians and non-West Indian peoples of African descent. An all-inclusive Afro-Honduran id by no means emerged in Honduras, Chambers finds. quite, black id constructed via West Indians' tradition, language, and historical past. Chambers strikes past remedies of West Indian hard work as an adjunct to U.S. capitalist pursuits to discover the ethnic and racial dynamic of the interactions of the West Indian neighborhood with locals. In Race, country, and West Indian Immigration to Honduras, 1890-1940, Chambers demonstrates the significance of racial id in Honduran society as an entire and divulges the jobs that tradition, language, ethnicity, and heritage performed within the institution of neighborhood identities in the broader African diaspora.

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Chapter 1 traces the development of Honduran liberal reforms and their connection to the development of the banana industry. Special attention is given to the development of the liberal ideology of race and the role it would play in shaping Honduran views of West Indians. Chapter I n t Ro D U C t I o n 17 2 analyzes Honduran immigration law and the impact it would come to have on the North Coast of Honduras and the West Indian population. This chapter highlights the systematic ways in which blacks were legislated out of the concept of the nation and the role immigration had on the development of the Honduran economy and its fostering of an anti-black political agenda.

S. capital investment in Honduras. S. 2 stemmed largely from investment in the mining and agricultural sectors of the Honduran economy. Investment decreased after 1929 primarily as a result of the global economic depression of that year. However, investments eventually rose after the global economy recovered. The figures do not indicate that most of the investment in the country during this period was centered on the banana industry. S. foreign relations historians. S. 36 In addition, an industry that was once dependent on local labor soon became the domain of immigrant workers imported from throughout Central America and the Caribbean.

S. , Honduras: ¿Un estado nacional? (Tegucigalpa: Editorial Guaymuras, 2001), 40. 30 These concessions were accorded primarily to promote the development of the mining industry. The Honduras and Rosario Mining Company offers one of the few noteworthy examples of Honduran interest in an industrial enterprise that benefited from the liberal reforms. 31 Some have argued that the small Honduran elite lacked the level of national consciousness that was necessary in order to promote the interests of the entire nation.

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