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The sugar in Matanzas and its owners in Havana, published by Ciencias Sociales in the the XVII International Book Fair.
The author of such a singular book that according to the researcher Urbano Martinez Carmenate is a work with a monumental information capability for the sugar industry in Cuba, was grateful for the presence of Lazo, who is also vice president of the State Council, with whom eh shared secrets about the "practical" mysteries linked with the production and the sugar industry as well as to the work experiences, thanks to which they both knew each other about 30 years ago.

Alberto is from Unión de Reyes, one of the most important rail points outside Havana. In Union de Reyes, his grandfather became managers of a foundry that later on was named Primero de Mayo. Lazo went to the launching of the book, held at the Office of the Historian of the City, accompanied by the also member of the Political Bureau, Abel Prieto, the first secretary of the Party in Matanzas, Pedro Betancourt Garcia, Iroel Sanchez, president of the Cuban Book Institute and Miguel Barnet, president of the Organizing Commission of the UNEAC Congress.

El azúcar en Matanzas is the result of a three decades pressing research and even though it has references about different sugar refineries, workshops, distilleries and railroads, it researches five of the most important sugar industries in the province. The information tells the events from mid XVI century until 1992.

The book has also 340 pictures and 95 biographic data, as well as data from the companies and settler and recreates very well the conditions and constant injustices of the slavery, the situation that decisively helped in the creation of the proper conditions for Matanzas to become the great Cuban trading center of the XIX century.

Regarding that topic, Miguel Barnet remembered the significance of the constant rebellion of the black slaves, who, he said, were never slaves, but enslaved and he suggested presenting a project to the Regional UNESCO Office to declare World Patrimony of Humanity the region known as Llanuras de Colón, where it was the biggest concentration of slaves and was the area with the biggest number of uprising in that time.


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