National Geographic : 1938 Mar
(0) National Geographic society Finlay Photograph by Edwin L.Wisherd OLD MEN, YOUNG MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN ALL BEND THEIR BACKS DURING SUGAR-CANE HARVEST Workers with machetes chop down the stalks while women and children in broad-brimmed hats strip offthe coarse leaves, which contain little juice. Donkeys and oxen carry the cane to a railroad siding where it is hauled to a large crushing mill and sugar refinery. Hacked-off leaves become cattle fodder or thatch for outbuildings on the plantation. Martinique produces about 50,000 tons of sugar a year.