Sugar Changed the World
Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science. By Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos. ISBN 978-0-618-57492-6. Copyright 2010. Hardcover with 166 pages including over 80 archival illustrations, songs, oral histories, maps, and timeline, notes, bibliography, and index.
The story of the sweet substance from the voices of those who led bitter sugar lives. The sugar trail goes from religious ceremonies in India to Europe's Middle Ages, when Christians paid high prices to Muslims for what they thought was an exotic spice, then on to Columbus, who brought the first cane cuttings to the Americas. Sugar was the substance that drove the bloody slave trade and caused the loss of countless lives but it also planted the seeds of revolution that led to freedom in the American colonies, Haiti, and France.
For Ages 12 and up.