Sugarcane Machete

Description
Japanese plantation workers used this knife to harvest sugarcane on Hawai`i. The cane sugar industry, which dominated Hawaii's economy from the 1850s to the 1950s, recruited thousands of contract laborers from Japan.
Object Name
machete
date made
1800s
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 21 in x 3 1/2 in; 53.34 cm x 8.89 cm
place made
United States: Hawaii, Hawai`i
Japan
ID Number
2005.0132.12
accession number
2005.0132
catalog number
2005.0132.12
subject
Cultures & Communities
Work
American Enterprise
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Work and Industry: Asian Pacific American Business
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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