Portland State University. Department of Geography
Martha A. Works
Term of Graduation
Date of Publication
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Geography
Coffee industry -- Nicaragua -- History, Nicaragua -- Economic conditions
1 online resource (95 pages)
Throughout the nineteenth century expanding coffee cultivation transformed the economic, political, and social landscapes of the Central American republics. In Nicaragua, coffee cultivation developed in two primary regions, the Southern Uplands and the North-Central Highlands. This study analyzes the formation and development of these two regions using six key factors: 1) pre-coffee economic development; 2) transportation; 3) government promotion; 4) labor and population structure; 5) land tenure and access; and 6) capital and credit. Qualitative assessment of the relative importance of these six factors determines which factors were most important in the creation of the Southern Uplands and the North-Central Highlands as coffee regions. Analysis suggests that active government promotion of coffee culture and the absence or presence of transportation linkages are the two factors which most affected the establishment of coffee cultivation in nineteenth-century Nicaragua.
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Revels, Craig Stephen, "Coffee in Nicaragua : Regional Development and Change in the Nineteenth Century" (1998). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 6367.