Archaeological Landscape of the First Coffee Plantations 
in the South-East of Cuba (2000)
Cuba

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The remains of the 19th-century coffee plantations in the foothills of the Sierra Maestra are unique evidence of a pioneer form of agriculture in a difficult terrain. 

They throw considerable light on the economic, social, and technological history of the Caribbean and Latin American region. 

  • Cuba 1952. Bicentenary of Cuban Coffee Cultivation. Hands holding coffee-beans. There are three stamps in this set, but I only have this one. 

Cuba 1952. Bicentenary of Cuban Coffee Cultivation. Hands holding coffee-beans.

In its justification for inscription the UNESCO states that the remains of the 19th and early 20th century coffee plantations in eastern Cuba are unique and eloquent testimony to a form of agricultural exploitation of virgin forest, the traces of which have disappeared elsewhere in the world. The production of coffee in eastern Cuba during the 19th and early 20th centuries resulted in the creation of a unique cultural landscape, illustrating a significant stage in the development of this form of agriculture.

Other World Heritage Sites in Cuba (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Cuba-section, for further information on the individual properties. 

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