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The Panama Hat Trail
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Where do Panama hats come from? This may seem like a simple question, but the answer led Tom Miller on a journey of considerable time and effort. Critically acclaimed author Miller reveals the making and marketing of one Panama hat, from the straw fields of Ecuador’s coastal lowland to a hat shop in Southern California. Along the way, the hat becomes a literary device allowing Miller to give us his impressions from the tributaries of the Amazon to the mountainsides of the Andes. As only he can, Miller introduces us to straw cutters, weavers, middlemen, exporters, and everyone in between. A Panama Hat Trail is at once a study in global economics and a lively travelogue.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Praise, Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface to the 2017 Edition
  2. pp. xi-1
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  1. Map
  2. pp. 2-4
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 5-8
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  1. Part One
  1. 1. An Opening into Heaven
  2. pp. 11-17
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  1. 2. Cuenca by Night
  2. pp. 18-22
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  1. 3. With the Exporters
  2. pp. 23-30
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  1. 4. The Bus Plunge Highway
  2. pp. 31-36
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  1. 5. The City of Monkeys
  2. pp. 37-42
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  1. 6. Toquilla Sunrise
  2. pp. 43-53
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  1. 7. Revolution and Seafood
  2. pp. 54-61
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  1. 8. Montecristi Fino
  2. pp. 62-66
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  1. 9. The Visiting Judge
  2. pp. 67-70
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  1. 10. Carmita’s Peace Corps Bar and Grill
  2. pp. 71-75
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  1. 11. Red, White, and Blue Yellow Fever
  2. pp. 76-80
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  1. 12. Alfaro Lives
  2. pp. 81-86
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  1. Part Two
  1. 13. To Market
  2. pp. 89-93
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  1. 14. Muscling in on the Sombrero Trade
  2. pp. 94-96
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  1. 15. Henry Miller’s Nephew
  2. pp. 97-100
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  1. 16. Biblián Weavers
  2. pp. 101-104
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  1. 17. Incas and Indians
  2. pp. 105-110
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  1. 18. “All We Have Is Ourselves and Our Straw”
  2. pp. 111-116
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  1. 19. Italian Specialty Cooks
  2. pp. 117-120
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  1. 20. Romancing the Hat
  2. pp. 121-124
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  1. 21. Travails
  2. pp. 125-129
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  1. 22. Cuy for Two
  2. pp. 130-133
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  1. 23. The 10,000 Hats of Adriano González
  2. pp. 134-139
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  1. 24. The Last Jews in Cuenca
  2. pp. 140-146
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  1. 25. Assembly Line
  2. pp. 147-150
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  1. Part Three
  1. 26. Dead Drunk
  2. pp. 153-158
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  1. 27. Cruising with Olga
  2. pp. 159-165
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  1. 28. Sour Lake Oil
  2. pp. 166-174
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  1. 29. To Colombia
  2. pp. 175-180
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  1. 30. Up the Aguarico
  2. pp. 181-186
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  1. 31. Madeline in Quito
  2. pp. 187-190
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  1. 32. Crossing the Line
  2. pp. 191-194
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  1. Part Four
  1. 33. Production Line
  2. pp. 197-203
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  1. 34. Lasting Friendship
  2. pp. 204-208
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 209-210
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 211-214
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 215-221
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