THE SUGAR INDUSTRY IN SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS.
San Pedro de Macoris is located on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. It was founded in 1785 along the banks of the Macoris River and the initial settlement was a fishing village.
During the 18th century, political unrest in Haiti and Cuba resulted in an influx of migrants into the area. This led to further development and growth of the city and in particular, the sugar industry, of which the immigrants had extensive knowledge. Sugar cane cultivation began in 1868, and the city soon became the Dominican Republic’s key producer of sugar. The growth of the sugar industry led to the development of San Pedro de Macoris’s urban form and a number of large industrial complexes were established in various locations around the city.
San Pedro de Macoris displays both clearly planned and organic spaces. The planned spaces with streets that follow a grid pattern can be identified as the initial settlement as they represent the urban form of traditional Spanish settlements. The growth of the sugar industry can be attributed to the erratic growth of the city and the development of the large organic, informal spaces.
The report focuses on an industrial development located along the river on the northern edge of the city and the relationship it has with the city.
The forma Urbis highlights the various industrial developments around the city. The chosen facility is the orange space on the top left of the city. This space is close to major roads as indicated as well as the Macoris river.