Slave village architecture in the French West Indies.

Author(s): Kenneth Kelly

Year: 2016


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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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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min long: -90.747; min lat: 3.25 ; max long: -48.999; max lat: 27.683 ;