Article ID: CBB001252242

Patents, Sugar Technology and Sub-Imperial Institutions in Nineteenth-Century Cuba (2010)


The article discusses historical research on innovation and the patent system in 19th-century Cuba. According to the authors, Cuba was the most important Spanish territory between 1830 and 1880, and was the center of foreign patenting activities and technology transfer. Through what the authors call "sub-imperial" agents and institutions such as the elite class of Creole sugar planters and economic organizations like the junta de fomento and the Sociedad Económica, it is argued that Cuba's sugar industry tapped into the trend of globalizing technology markets and became the most innovative Spanish territory.

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Authors & Contributors
Monzote, Reinaldo Funes
Li, Bin
Gao, Jian-ming
Donges, Alexander
Selgert, Felix
Adi Sapir
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Social Studies of Science
Scientia Canadensis: Journal of the History of Canadian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Quaderns d'Història de l'Enginyeria
Kexue Jishu Zhexue Yanjiu (Studies in Philosophy of Science and Technology)
University of North Carolina Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Cambridge University Press
Technology transfer
Sugar and sugar industry
National histories
Inventors and invention
Betancourt y Molina, Agustín de
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
Qing dynasty (China, 1644-1912)
20th century, late
18th century
Early modern
Great Britain
Haiti (Caribbean)
Paris Universal Exhibition (1878)
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT

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