Sugar Changed the World Vocab


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  • cosmopolitan
  • The princess felt at ease with the peasants.
  • dowry
  • For a wedding present my grandparents are giving us a dowry. It's their house!
  • middlemen
  • Grocery stores are like middlemen because they buy the products from producers to sell to consumers.
  • Familiar with and at ease in many different countries and cultures. "Beautiful as a movie star, cosmopolitan and elegant, with wide Slavic cheeks." Page 2
  • rawhide
  • The overseer has a rawhide whip.
  • Property or money brought by a bride to her husband on their marriage. "My family's house was the dowry of my grandmother, a tall, light-skinned woman who came from a family that had prospered." page 4
  • spherical
  • The ball is spherical.
  • A person who buys goods from producers and sells them to retailers or consumers. "That way, they could have the prized Asian pieces they wanted without having to pay high prices to Venetian and Muslim middlemen." page 29
  • pent
  • They are closely confined.
  • Stiff untanned leather. "The overseer prowls nearby, mounted on horseback, a rawhide whip fastened to his saddle." Page 31
  • Shaped like a sphere. "The Spherical Trade" page 37
  • Closely confined or held back. "We were all pent up together." Page 36
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