Migrations and Development in Rural Latin America

  • Solon L. Barraclough


Compared with Africa and Eurasia the Americas were occupied rather recently by human settlers, possibly later than even Australia. Nomadic hunters from Siberia are believed to have begun to migrate via a Bering Strait land bridge during the last ice age some 20 000 years ago. There is little confirmed archeological evidence, however, of human settlements in the Americas more than 12 000 years old.1 In contrast, evidence has been found indicating modern man’s presence in Europe over 40 000 years ago and in Africa and Asia even earlier. In this sense, all Latin America’s inhabitants are descended from rather recent migrants or are migrants themselves.


Sugar Cane Agricultural Development Indian Community Cheap Labour Sugar Plantation 
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