Chocolate and empire: from the land where the cocoa grows

The relationship between Rowntree's British workers, and those on its plantations overseas, casts a fascinating light upon attitudes to empire, says Emma Robertson, who has been researching the company archives

Men sealing cases of Rowntree’s Elect Cocoa, York, Yorkshire, 1893. (Photo by Borthwick Institute/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the April 2010 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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