SUGAR: Hard Bargain

Havana last week angrily buzzed with bad news: the U.S. does not want to buy from Cuba in 1943 anything like the amount of sugar that Cuba expected to sell.

Right after Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Government frantically prepared to supply the United Nations with sugar on the assumption that we might be cut off from Hawaiian and even Puerto Rican supplies. Cuba promptly upped production by 15% and produced some 4,500,000 tons of sugar and molasses in 1942 and sold most of it to the U.S. at 2.65¢ a Ib. f.o.b., only...

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