Image from page 414 of “The American Egypt : a record of travel in Yucatan” (1909)
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Title: The American Egypt : a record of travel in Yucatan
Year: 1909 (1900s)
Authors: Arnold, Channing Frost, Frederick J. Tabor
Subjects: Mayas Yucatán (Mexico : State) — Description and travel Yucatán (Mexico : State) — Antiquities
Publisher: London Hutchinson & Co.
Contributing Library: Brown University Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Brown University
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ial lineof steamers between Progreso and New York for the traffic,as well as holding the lions share in the railway concernsof the Peninsula. Owing to the shallow water at Progresoand the cost of dredging on coral-beds, he has had to go tothe expense of having his boats built specially for the traffic.But his flat-bottomed small-draught steamers have made hisfamily one of the richest of the money-grubbing ring in Yuca-tan. For there is money for every one who touches the magicfibre except the miserable Indian, by whose never-endinglabours the purse-proud monopolists of the Peninsula areenabled to be ever adding to their ill-gotten gold. There arein Yucatan to-day some 400 henequen plantations of from25 to 20,000 acres, making the total acreage under cultiva-tion some 140,000 acres. The cost of production, includingshipping expenses, export duties, etc., is now about 7 pesos(14s.) per 100 kilogrammes. The average market price ofhenequen is 28 pesos per 100 kilogrammes, so the planter *
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mJLIi. ( I mm, HENEQUEN FIBRE IN DRYING-GROUND
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