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The Colonial Office and Soil Conservation in the British Caribbean, 1938–1950

  • Lawrence S. Grossman
Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)

Abstract

Concern about environmental degradation in the British Caribbean has a long history. The issue that clearly dominated officials’ discussions about environmental problems during the colonial era was the state of the region’s forests.1 In contrast, widespread concern about soil erosion has had a much more recent history. Certainly, the topic of erosion was not new. Estates on Barbados were attempting to cope with soil loss in the latter half of the seventeenth century.2 But the topic of erosion received only infrequent notice in official correspondence between the Colonial Office and its Caribbean colonies during much of the history of British control. The first British Caribbean-wide effort to control soil loss did not begin until the late 1930s.

Keywords

Soil Erosion Soil Loss Land Settlement Soil Conservation Political Ecology 
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