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Archaeology of Domestic Landscapes of the Enslaved in the Caribbean, Hardback Book

Archaeology of Domestic Landscapes of the Enslaved in the Caribbean Hardback

Edited by James A. Delle, Elizabeth C. Clay

Part of the Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series series

Description

While previous research on household archaeology in the colonial Caribbean has drawn heavily on artifact analysis, this volume provides the first in-depth examination of the architecture of slave housing during this period.

It examines the considerations that went into constructing and inhabiting living spaces for the enslaved and reveals the diversity of people and practices in these settings. Contributors present case studies using written descriptions, period illustrations, architectural features, and other evidence to illustrate the wide variety of built environments for enslaved populations in places including Jamaica, the Bahamas, and the islands of the Lesser Antilles.

They investigate how slaves defined their social positions and identities through house, yard, and garden space; they explore what daily life was like for slaves on military compounds; they compare the spatial arrangements of slave villages on plantations based on type of labor; and they show how the style of traditional labor houses became a form of vernacular architecture still in use today. This volume expands our understanding of the wide range of slave experiences across British, French, Dutch, and Danish colonies.

Information

  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 296 pages, 75 black and white illustrations, 4 tables
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of the Americas
  • ISBN: 9781683400912

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