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A Danish Colonial Merchant's Residence in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas:  Material expressions of colonialism and the intersection of local and global trade at the Bankhus

Author(s): Douglas Armstrong ; Christian Williamson ; Alan Armstrong ; Lauren Silverstein

Year: 2013

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Summary

Archaeology at a Danish colonial merchant's residence in Charlotte Amalie projects the complex yet distinct array of consumer goods available in a 19th century Danish Caribbean port town.  The walled compound housed a series of 19th and early 20th merchants/bankers and their household servants.  This study explores the intersection of micro and macro history as it assesses the material and documentary record of the site.  The house and its furnishings were selected for commemorative photo documentation prior colonial transfer to the United States in the early 20th century and as such it site provides a unique venue to assess and critique Danish colonialism.  The abundant material record derives from a pattern of storm related damage and the means to rebuild and replenish.  The study of this complex walled and terraced house compound illustrates a combination of broad based global trade, specific Danish trade patterns and interactions, and the incorporation of local goods and trade networks. 


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A Danish Colonial Merchant's Residence in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas:  Material expressions of colonialism and the intersection of local and global trade at the Bankhus. Douglas Armstrong, Christian Williamson, Alan Armstrong, Lauren Silverstein. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428286)


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Temporal Keywords
19th Century


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 352

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America