Packing Sugar, Cuba, ca. 1866

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Samuel Hazard, Cuba with pen and pencil (Hartford, Conn., 1871), p. 370.

"The sugar being thoroughly dried, sorted, and pulverized, is carried into the packing-room, where, ranged upon a slightly elevated frame, are the empty packing-boxes, capable of holding four hundred pounds each. These are filled with the loose sugar, a gang of Negroes . . . range themselves on each side of the rows, with broad, heaving packing-sticks in their hands, and thus all together they pound away, keeping time with their strokes, and making music with their voices. . . . The sugar being now tightly packed in the boxes, the latter are closed up and strapped with narrow strips of raw hide, and are then shipped to market" (p. 370). The author visited Cuba ca. 1866.