- Item 18729 - Sugar cane harvesting in Cuba, 1873
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- Item 18729
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William F. Chadwick of Portland painted this scene of sugarcane harvesting and transportation in Cuba. Cuban molasses was used to make rum, which was a major commodity in Maine. Portland's first sugar house was opened in 1845 by JB Brown, and sugar processing continued to be a major industry in the city.Show Details
William F. Chadwick was the son of prominent merchant Samuel Chadwick, William was born about 1828. He may have been involved in the sugar trade with Cuba.