The Caribbean Economic History Association (AHEC) and the Ana G. Méndez University, Campus of Carolina convene the VI Congress in Puerto Rico, between November 1 and 4, 2021.

The main theme of the Congress will be:« Thinking the Caribbean in times of crisis.Challenges for economic history »The AHEC invites researchers who are interested in the economic history of the Caribbean, to participate with an unpublished paper in one of the following sections, trying to establish its relationship with the central theme of the call in a global context:

  • Immigration, wages and living standards
  • Immigration, remittances and financial capital
  • Debt and economic policy
  • Foreign direct investment and economic growth
  • Urbanization and urban latifundismo
  • Styles of economic growth and the role of direct foreign investment
  • Regional disparities
  • Inequality (s) and urbanization patterns
  • Grassroots economies, informality and poverty
  • Inequality (s) and production systems – economic agents (productive structures, trade and slave systems, labor regimes, companies and Businessmen)
  • Economic mechanisms for the transmission of inequalities and poverty
  • Inequality (s) and productive sectors
  • Inequality (s) and poverty
  • Economic crises and poverty
  • Labor markets, inequality and poverty
  • Productive/extractive cycles and environmental impact
  • Economic-ecological history, social metabolism, unequal appropriation ofresources and impact on sustainability
  • Economic decrease and ecologically unequal exchange
  • Informal economy and agrarian concentration
  • Production system – economic agents (production structures; trade and slave systems; work regimes; companies and entrepreneurs)
  • Production and export of raw materials (main lines of production and services; agricultural and plantation history)
  • Natural resources (exploitation of natural resources; historical forms and environmental impact)
  • Mining and energy sources
  • Services and tourism
  • International trade (foreign trade and other links with the international economy)
  • Banks and financial systems
  • Economic thought
  • Economic historiography


  1. The deadline for receiving proposals for the Congress is May 15, 2021. The proposals may have a collective nature (composition of tables: theme and participants originally planned) or may be individual, in which case the authors must indicate the section in which they wish to be registered, with the organization assigning their paper to a table. The proposals will be accompanied by a brief description of their content of about 100 words.
  2. Proposals must be submitted by email (in triplicate) to the following addresses:
  3. On June 30, 2021 the Organization will make public the list of proposals accepted and the provisional program of the congress.
  4. The ordinary registration period in the Congress and the Association will take place between July 1 and July 31, 2021.


5. The registration that will entitle to participate in the sessions of the Congress and the affiliation to the AHEC for one year is set at 80 USD. The registration of students who accredit this condition are fixed at 40 USD. The fees will be valid until July 31, 2021.

6. Registration fees processed between August 1 and October 30, 2021 are set at 120 USD for ordinary members and 60 USD for students.

7. The registration fees paid during the Congress are set at 140 USD for ordinary members and 60 USD for students.

8. Registration fees may be paid by PayPal or else in cash at the local Secretariat of the Congress, enabled at the headquarters of its celebration during the opening date.



Executive Committee (2017-2019):

Guy Pierre, President of Honor

Jorge Elías Caro, President

Javier Aleman, Executive Secretary

Inés Roldán de Montaud, Treasurer

Ronny J. Viales, Vocal

Imilcy Balboa, Vocal

Graciela Chailloux, Vocal

Jean Stubbs, Vocal

Rafal Reichert, Vocal

Félix Huertas, Vocal

Michael Toussaint, Vocal

Pascale Villegas, Vocal


Victor Bulmer-Thomas

Herbert S. Klein

Franklin Knight

Carlos Marichal

Frank Moya Pons

José Antonio Piqueras

Oscar Zanetti


Javier Alemán (coordinator)

Félix Huertas Evelyza

Crespo Humberto García

Juan Guisti

Rafael Cabrera

Iyari Ríos

Jorge Nieves

Summons: Caribbean Economic History Association (AHEC)Ana G. Méndez University, Campus of Carolina, Puerto Rico

VII CLADHE Congress – First Circular

Lima, March 3-5, 2021

The seventh Latin American Congress of Economic History (VII CLADHE) will be held in the city of Lima from March 3 to 5, 2021.
The call for proposals for thematic symposia opens.

Proposals must be sent between March 2 and April 30, 2020 to the APHE email address.

More information in the document below:

New book by Guy Pierre: Histoire de la Banque en Haïti

Author: Guy Pierre

Foreword by Victor Bulmer-Thomas
Éditions du CIDIHCA, Montreal, 2019

This work consists of two studies: the first refers to the history of the formation of central banks and monetary policy during the long period between 1880 and 1991 and the other is about the controversy, during 1880-1910, between the finance minister Fréderic Marcelin and the French banks La Société Generale de Crédit Commercial et Industrial and La Banque de l’Union Parisienne. The two studies are inseparable from each other as they are a consequence of the same methodological perspective.

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Caribbean Conferences

Cycles 1 to 24 (2007-2019)


The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) began the CONFERENCIAS CARIBEÑAS (CC) during the first semester of the 2007-2008 academic year. With the cycle initiated in January 2019, we celebrate our twelfth anniversary: a total of twenty-four semesters that include 295 activities. These events

comprise lectures, discussion groups, round tables, book presentations, and symposia. It is the first time in the history of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) that an academic unit of any faculty has sponsored, for 12 consecutive academic years, such number of activities, with such variety and richness of topics, approaches, disciplines and countries.

The ICS planned the CC in a way that harmonized with the document Visión Universidad 2016: Plan Estratégico Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras 2006-2016. The presented researches illustrate the interdisciplinary approach of the ICS, by including subjects from the Social Sciences, Humanities, Cultural Studies and Natural Sciences. In its mission to carry out, promote and disseminate research about the Caribbean, the ICS complies with offering to the academic community and the general public in and outside Puerto Rico, a plurality of areas of study that address the complexity and social heterogeneity, economic, political and cultural aspects of the region.

In addition to speakers from the academic world selected for the quality of their research, there have been, among the participants of the CC, two general secretaries of the Association of Caribbean States, Rubén Silié and Alfonso Múnera; the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Albert Ramdin; the Prime Minister of Haiti, Jacques Edouard-Alexis; professors John Agard, Anthony Chen and Leonard Nurse, of the University of the West Indies, members of the panel awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (2007) for their work on climate change, and several distinguished professors from Caribbean, North American and European universities, such as Rebecca Scott, Norman Girvan, Robert Hill, Sidney W. Mintz, Frank Moya Pons, Consuelo Naranjo, Lizabeth Paravisini, Francisco Scarano, Stuart Schwartz, Olive Senior, Jean Stubbs, Oscar Zanetti Lecuona, among many others. The Gordon K. & Sybil Farrell Lewis Annual Keynote Conference, hosted by the Lewis Farrell Family, has allowed us to present scholars such as Verene Shepherd, Anthony P. Maingot, and Richard Price. It is worth mentioning that members of the faculty of the UPR System have had a wide participation, either as speakers or as commentators. Several speakers and commentators from abroad have participated via Skype, thus incorporating new telecommunication technologies.

Since its inception, most CC were video recorded and later digitally transmitted, first through the ICS channel on Ustream, thanks to the collaboration of Javier Almeyda Loucil (Library System UPR-RP) and later by the YouTube channel of the Río Piedras Campus. The vast majority of events have been placed on the Internet Archive [], and a complete collection has been donated to the Digital Library of the Caribbean (DLOC) project. This list includes direct access to the recordings.

The CCs were conducted under the direction of professors Humberto García-Muñiz (2007-2015, 2017-2019, Lowell Fiet (2015-2016), and Ana M. Fabián-Maldonado, with the participation of the teaching and administrative staff of the ICS and the support of the College of Social Sciences, the Chancellor’s Office of the Río Piedras Campus, Carmen Gloria Romero (RIP) and Almaluces Figueroa of the Caribbean Regional Library, WRTU Radio Universidad, and Ivette Romero from Repeating Islands blog.

Humberto García-Muñiz, Ph.D.

Coordinator of the Caribbean Conferences

Institute of Caribbean Studies

The Economic History of the Caribbean

This book by Professor Victor Bulmer-Thomas examines the economic history of the Caribbean in the last 200 years, since the Napoleonic Wars and is the first overall analysis of the region.

Divided into three parts, the first deals with the nineteenth century (“The Age of Preferences”), the second until 1960 (“The Age of Preferences”), the third deals with the Cuban Revolution today (“The Age of Globalization “).

Nacional History Award

Cuba. Premio Nacional de Historia

El intelectual cubano Dr. Oscar Zanetti Lecuona recibirá el Premio Nacional de Historia 2014 “en reconocimiento a su destacada trayectoria como docente e investigador de las relaciones económicas y su influencia en el pasado de la nación”, de acuerdo con el acta de concesión.

La obra historiográfica del Dr. Zanetti figura entre las aportaciones más relevantes a las ciencias sociales cubanas de las últimas décadas. En su extensa producción encontramos títulos imprescindibles como Caminos para el azúcar (1987), en coautoría con Alejandro García, y Los cautivos de la reciprocidad (1989).

El nuevo reconocimiento se suma a otros ya conseguidos, como el premio Casa de las Américas en 1998 por el ensayo Comercio y poder. Relaciones cubano hispano norteamericanas en torno a 1898 (1998), y el premio Nacional de Ciencias Sociales y Humanísticas en 2011. Entre sus últimas obras se cuenta Esplendor y decadencia del azúcar en las Antillas hispanas (2012) y su contribución a la historia azucarera del siglo XX en la Historia Comparada de las Antillas (2014).

Oscar Zanetti ha sido Presidente de honor de la Asociación de Historia Económica del Caribe (AHEC), y en la actualidad integra su Comité Honorífico.

Orígenes de la economía de plantación de La Española

Nuevo libro de Genaro Rodríguez Morel

El lector encontrará en las páginas de este libro varias historias contadas hoy en la forma entrelazada como efectivamente ocurrieron los acontecimientos. Por un lado, tenemos la narración que describe el poblamiento de la isla desde los primeros años del siglo XVI con grupos humanos procedentes de muchos lugares de la península ibérica. En contrapunto con este desarrollo, el autor también describe cómo se pobló la isla con otros grupos humanos procedentes de África, traídos contra su voluntad por mercaderes genoveses, alemanes y portugueses, principalmente, al tiempo que la isla perdía su población aborigen hasta que ésta desapareció totalmente.

Esta obra concentra la mayor parte de su atención en el desarrollo de la economía azucarera y nos describe en gran detalle la composición demográfica de los esclavos, sus lugares de origen, sus precios en el mercado de mano de obra servil, sus accidentes laborales, su vida en las plantaciones y su trabajo en los ingenios, entre otras muchas cosas. Como contraparte de la historia laboral de los esclavos, Rodríguez Morel nos retrata también uno de los menos estudiados aspectos de la incipiente industria azucarera dominicana: el papel y gravitación de los trabajadores libres y asalariados, que en un tiempo fueron mayoritariamente canarios, pero entre los cuales hubo también, andaluces, portugueses y genoveses.

First AHEC Congress

I Congreso de la Asociación de Historia Económica del Caribe

Del 3 al 5 de noviembre de 2011, la AHEC celebrará su primer Congreso en la ciudad de Santa Marta, Colombia, bajo los auspicios de la Universidad Magdalena. La sede del congreso será la Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino y la sesión plenaria de apertura tendrá lugar en el local del Banco de la República.

El Congreso estará centrado en torno al tema siguiente:


La AHEC invita de manera especial a los presidentes de todas las asociaciones de historia económica a colaborar con este evento, y propone a todos aquellos investigadores que se interesan a la historia económica del Caribe a considerar la posibilidad de intervenir con una ponencia inédita sobre los siguientes temas o líneas de investigación:

  • Sistemas de producción, agentes económicos, formas trabajo y salarios (sistemas económicos; tipos de economías, estructuras productivas, regímenes de trabajo; población y fuerza de trabajo; empresas y empresarios)
  • Producción y servicios (principales renglones de la producción y los servicios a lo largo de la historia caribeña)
  • Comercio internacional (comercio exterior y otros vínculos con la economía internacional)
  • Bancos y sistemas financieros (entidades de emisión y depósito, cajas de ahorro, cooperativas, sociedades de crédito)
  • Deuda externa, inversión extranjera directa, remesas, finanzas públicas y papel del Estado
  • Pensamiento e historiografía económicos (Influencia de los autores clásicos y recepción de su pensamiento en el área del Caribe. Aportaciones de economistas del Caribe)
  • Explotación de recursos naturales; formas históricas e impacto ambiental
  • Industria y Turismo

El plazo para la recepción de propuestas de participación finaliza el día 15 de marzo de 2011. Los participantes podrán sugerir líneas de investigación distintas a las arriba relacionadas y también proponer la formación de mesas o paneles e invitar a posibles ponentes. Las propuestas podrán tener tanto un carácter colectivo (composición de mesas: tema y participantes inicialmente previstos) como individual (en este caso, la organización asignará la mesa). Las propuestas irán acompañadas de una breve descripción de su contenido de 100-150 palabras. En abril de 2011 la organización hará pública la relación de propuestas aceptadas y el programa del congreso.

Las propuestas deben ser dirigidas por correo electrónico a


  • Asociación de Historia Económica del Caribe (AHEC)
  • Universidad del Magdalena (Colombia)
  • Asociación de Historia Económica de Colombia


  • Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia
  • Fundación Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino
  • Banco de la República, Agencia Cultural Santa Marta
  • Asociación de Empresarios del Magdalena (AEM)
  • Corporación Santa Marta Ciudad de Congresos
  • Asociación Hotelera de Colombia (Cotelco), capítulo Magdalena
  • Copa Airlines Colombia
  • Aviatur