Island Lives Historical Archaeologies of the Caribbean

ISBN-10: 0817310932
ISBN-13: 9780817310936
Edition: 2nd 2001
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Description: This comprehensive study of the historical archaeology of the Caribbean provides sociopolitical context for the ongoing development of national identities. Long before the founding of Jamestown in 1607, there were Spanish forts, bustling towns,  More...

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List price: $44.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Publication date: 8/20/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

This comprehensive study of the historical archaeology of the Caribbean provides sociopolitical context for the ongoing development of national identities. Long before the founding of Jamestown in 1607, there were Spanish forts, bustling towns, sugar plantations, and sea trade flourishing in the Caribbean. While richer nations, particularly the United States, may view the Caribbean today as merely a place for sun and fun, the island colonies were at one time far more important and lucrative to their European empire countries than their North American counterparts. From the 15th to the 19th centuries, as competing colonial powers vied with each other for military and economic advantage in the Western Hemisphere, events in the Caribbean directly influenced the American mainland. This is one rationale for the close study of historical archaeology in the Caribbean. Another is the growing recognition of how archaeological research can support the defining of national identities for the islands, many of them young independent states struggling to establish themselves economically and politically. By looking at cases in the French West Indies, specifically on Guadeloupe, in the Dutch Antilles and Aruba, in the British Bahamas, on Montserrat and St. Eustatius, on Barbados, and the within the U.S. Virgin Islands, the contributors to Island Liveshave produced a broad overview of Caribbean historical archaeology. Island Livesmakes clear that historical archaeology in the Caribbean will continue to grow and diversify due to the interest Caribbean peoples have in recording, preserving, and promoting their culture and heritage; the value it adds to their "heritage tourism"; and the connection it has to African American history and archaeology. In addition, the contributors point to the future by suggesting different trajectories that historical archaeology and its practitioners may take in the Caribbean arena. In so doing, they elucidate the problems and issues faced worldwide by researchers working in colonial and post-colonial societies. Paul Farnsworthis Associate Professor of Anthropology at Louisiana State University.

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Historical Archaeology in the Caribbean
Historical Archaeology in the Colonial Spanish Caribbeanp. 3
Historical Archaeology in the French West Indies: Recent Research in Guadeloupep. 21
Historical Archaeology in the Netherlands Antilles and Arubap. 60
Historical Archaeology in the British Caribbeanp. 82
Caribbean Landscapes
Time Lines: Changing Settlement Patterns on St. Eustatiusp. 103
A Venue for Autonomy: Archaeology of a Changing Cultural Landscape, the East End Community, St. John, Virgin Islandsp. 142
"Getting the Essence of It": Galways Plantation, Montserrat, West Indiesp. 165
Caribbean Cultures
Creolization in Seventeenth-Century Barbados: Two Case Studiesp. 207
"Negroe Houses Built of Stone Besides Others Watl'd + Plaistered": The Creation of a Bahamian Traditionp. 234
Methodist Intentions and African Sensibilities: The Victory of African Consumerism over Planter Paternalism at a Bahamian Plantationp. 272
Bibliographyp. 301
Contributorsp. 353
Indexp. 355
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