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Date of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Studies

First Advisor

Janet Bauer


This thesis is a historical study of the formation and development of the illicit coca industry in Bolivia. It focuses on U.S. involvement in Bolivia with the hopes of shedding light on how and why coca cultivation practices transitioned from supporting indigenous, traditional customs to satisfying the growing demand for cocaine in the global north.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. Accessible to members of the Trinity community only.