ENERGY: Black Rain: Veracruz 1900–1938


Professor Myrna Santiago describes “the ecology of oil” created by oil barons in Veracruz early in the last century.

Early in the last century oil baron Edward Doheny created a surreal garden to adorn the grounds of his California mansion: a tropical rainforest in the middle of the arid Los Angeles basin. There, he housed exotic specimens collected on trips to his oil fields in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. But what became of the real rainforest?

Myrna Santiago
Publication date: 
January 9, 2007
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article