How does mofongo as a dish reflect developments in modern world history?

How does mofongo as a dish reflect developments in modern world history?

History 1201: Modern World History

Fall 2020 Midterm exam

Mofongo is a dish from Puerto Rico, an island in the Caribbean that was a colony of Spain from when Columbus first landed on it on his 1493 second voyage, until it was seized by the United States in 1898. Until the 1940s, Puerto Rico’s economy was largely based on sugar, coffee, and tobacco; after World War II, the US government incentivized textile companies to relocate there. Mofongo consists of fried plantains or yucca mashed together with pork, broth, and seasonings. A particular recipe of mofongo includes:

                •             Plantains or yucca

                •             Pork

                •             Garlic

                •             Onion

                •             Cilantro

                •             Olive oil

                •             Tomatoes, paprika, and ancho chilies for sauce

From these ingredients, and the context of Puerto Rico’s history, answer the question: How does mofongo as a dish reflect developments in modern world history? You may wish to consider issues of economics, trade, population changes and migration, politics, imperialism, agricultural products, industrialization, and the connections between Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa we have discussed in class.

The length of the essay should be at least three full-length, double-spaced pages, with size 12, Times New Roman font text and standard margins. You can use citations in whatever format you wish; a separate works cited section is not needed.

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