Coffee and a love affair : an American girls romance on a coffee plantation

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Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. Bringing Miss Sheldon to Hacienda Cincinnati to provide primary education for the younger Flye children was an effort by the parents to keep their children close at hand in a foreign land. The goal was also to provide them with an education that would allow for smooth transition into US culture when they returned for secondary schooling.

Day-to-day contact with US culture was limited: mail from the US came every fourteen days to Santa Marta via banana boats; US visitors —most often scientists and businessmen but occasionally family members- arrived by sea in Santa Marta or Barranquilla; and clear reception of radio station KDKA from Ohio was received at the homestead through a receiver rigged up by Orlando Flye. For the Flye children US culture was strangely foreign and largely unknown. As such, education and her role as teacher are secondary to a genre-specific story-line: the tension between love and social independence.

Her story takes places at the multidirectional intersection where transnational cultures and identities are formed. Over the course of the next decade, her role was filled by a succession of US researchers who came to Colombia as postgraduates to study the birds, flora and the ecology of the Sierra Nevada.

Reflecting the then growing interest in Latin America among US universities, museums and foundations, a steady flow of researchers were available to guide the Flye children through their primary school subjects. In exchange for room and board at the plantation, they tutored the Flye children in the mornings and used their afternoons for research.

By all accounts, the Flye children were well prepared when they each entered high schools in the US.

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Melbourne Meb Carriker, a trained ornithologist and a University of Nebraska graduate came to Colombia in to study the birds of the Sierra Nevada. Not looking for a tutor at that time, the Fyles appreciated the opportunities to bring fellow countrymen into their home to expose their children to aspects of their own national culture.

Over the course of his time among the Fyles, Carriker fell in love and eventually married their eldest daughter, Carmie. While Carriker continued his work in ornithology and supplied specimens to museum in the US, he and his wife also established their own coffee plantation as well as a sugar plantation at a lower elevation.

Coffee and a love affair : an American girl's romance on a coffee plantation

The three sisters would move from the Hacienda Cincinnati into the company-built Prado neighborhood in Santa Marta, and their children would attend the small US-style school provided by the company. Above the city, Meb and Carmie Carriker raised their children without the benefit of a company school. As had been the case with her mother Eva, Carmie was responsible for the education of the children.

Having been sent to the US for high school as a teenager, Carmie was prepared to teach her young children basic literacy.

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In the s, Meb and Carmie brought a teacher from Maine to teach their older children and prepare them to enter high schools in the US. Yet as those children approach secondary school age, the Carrikers proved apprehensive about sending them to the US alone. They also realized the costs of doing so were more than they could afford.

In doing so, they traded the foothills, coffee fields, and jungles of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta for the middle class community life of Toms River, New Jersey. Along with their parents, the Flye children bid farewell to a life in sync with coffee cultivation, to their grandparents and cousins, and to the only country they had ever known.

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