Farming Scene, Province of Havana, Cuba

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Here is a typical rural scene in Cuba. Natives have oxen hitched to old-fashioned farm tools. Behind the yoke in the center of the view is a wooden plow, rarely seen nowadays even in Cuba. Can you make out what the other team is hitched to? You will observe the pen in which the cattle are stalled, to the right of the scene, and the thatched dwelling house beyond. The background is made beautiful by clumps of palm trees with their graceful foliage. Cuba is, first of all, a farming country. Some mining and some manufacturing are done here, but these are of secondary importance. Its manufacturing depends largely on its agricultural productions. Its soil is fertile, and the whole island lies within the Torrid Zone. The island is a little larger than Pennsylvania, and from 10% to 15% of it is under cultivation. A large part of the middle section of Cuba is made up of gently rolling plains. Here is the sugar cane belt. The western end is broken up by mountains; but the valleys and the lower stretches of the hillsides are very fertile. This is the great tobacco area. Sugar and tobacco are the chief products, but coffee, cocoa, some grains, and potatoes are grown. In recent years fruit growing has been more and more developed. The annual production of sugar amounts to about 3,000,000 tons. One hundred seventy-five sugar mills have been built to take care of this crop. The value of the tobacco crop is estimated at somewhat over $20,000,000. Among the chief fruits exported are pineapples, bananas, and coconuts. Stock raising has been given considerable attention on the larger plantations. Cattle, horses, and mules are raised in increasing numbers. Keystone ID: 9072 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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