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Social and Environmental Impacts of the Rise and Fall of Flue-Cured Tobacco Production in the Copán Valley

  • William M. Loker


The Copán Valley, located in western Honduras adjacent to the Guatemalan border, is famous as the site of the ancient Maya city of Copán, which attracts thousands of tourists to the Valley every year. Visitors to the archeological site find a beautiful Valley with an appealing agricultural landscape of crops, pastures, and tobacco barns scattered along the bottomlands of the Copán River, which lies at about 600 m above sea level (masl) and flows westward into Guatemala. The surrounding hills and mountains, extending up to about 1,500 masl, are a patchwork of land cleared for crops and pastures, secondary forest, coffee groves, and pine-oak forests.


Tobacco Production Political Ecology Blue Mold British American Tobacco Tobacco Cultivation 
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyCalifornia State UniversityChicoUSA

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