Abaca Frontier: The Socioeconomic and Cultural Transformation of Davao, 1898-1941
This book by Patricia Irene Dacudao studies the settlement history of Davao from the turn of the century until 1941, when Americans, Chinese, Japanese, Europeans, and Filipinos from other regions chose to migrate to make their fortunes in the land of promise.
The influx of migrants was due to the abaca plantation boom, the Philippines' largest export then supplying cordage material for ship rigging and machinery ropes, everyday goods, such as packaging twine and paper, and clothing, such as hats and dresses.
Today, despite the demise of the abaca industry, many histories and cultural traditions converged in Davao due to the transnational and transcultural exchanges that occurred on its frontier in the first half of the twentieth century.
Patricia Irene Dacudao is an assistant professor at the Department of History at Ateneo de Manila University.
Ateneo de Manila University Press, Philippines
Softcover / 9 x 6 inches / 412 pages / BW