Slave village architecture in the French West Indies.
Author(s): Kenneth Kelly
Archaeological work in Guadeloupe and Martinique conducted since 2001 has revealed considerable evidence of the housing used by enslaved laborers in plantation villages, both before and after emancipation. Enslaved housing is remarkably diverse in its construction, diverging from the attenuated range of styles described in historic accounts, and generally follows several trends, whether on sugar plantations, industrial sites, or elsewhere. In addition to variations in construction, the placement of villages, documented on historic maps and recovered archaeologically, has also been seen to follow certain rules, although there are exceptions. This paper discusses the archaeological evidence for the range of architectural styles and emplacements of villages employed in the French West Indies.
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- Society for American Archaeology 81st Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL (2016) •
- Built Environments of Enslaved Experience in the Caribbean
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Slave village architecture in the French West Indies.. Kenneth Kelly. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403890)
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