Early use of steam power in the Jamaican sugar industry, 1768-1810
- A division of: Tranasactions of the Newcomen Society for the study of the history of engineering and technology
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|Jamaica not only pioneered experiments in the utilisation of steam power in the sugar cane mills but was also the first Caribbean country in which this technology was successfully used to grind sugar canes commercially.
Beginning with Stewart's steam engine in 1768, engines were invented locally and were erected on estates.As the technology of steam engines improved in England, however, local inventions ceased and engines were imported from England.
As a consequence of these local experiments and importations, by 1810 the diffusion of steam power in Jamaica was well under way.
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- Notes: Vol 67 pp 221-231