Open Veins of Latin America, Eduardo Galeano: Quotes

Ment to have a more solid thesis by now, I swear, but they keep falling apart. This one is about sugar. The exploration of sugar. Sugar, Sugar, Sugar.

  • “Potosi, Zacatecas, and Ours Preto became desolate warrens of deep, empty tunnels from which the precious metals had been take; ruin was the fate of Chile’s nitrate pampas and of Amazonia’s rubber forests. Northeast Brazil’s sugar and Argentine’s quebracho belts, and communities around oil-rich lake Maracaibo, have become painfully aware of the morality of wealth which nature bestows and imperialism appropriates. ” (Galeano, 3)
  • “Plunder, internal and external, was the most important means of primitive accumulation of capital, an accumulation which, after the Middle Ages, made possible a new historic stage in world economic evolution.” (Galeano, 28)
  • “Spirit of Enterprise” (Galeano, 29)
  • “The Latin American colonies were discovered, conquered and colonized within the process of the expansion of commercial capital.” (ibid)
  • “Europe stretched out its arms to clasp the whole world.” (ibid)
  • “Gold, Silver, Sugar: the colonial economy, supplying rather than consuming, was built in terms of -and at the service of- the European market.” (ibid)
  • “The resources flowed out so that emergency European nations across the ocean could accumulate them.” (ibid)


  1. 1.
    take (something) for one’s own use, typically without the owner’s permission.

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