The evolution of the sugar industry in French Guiana from the 17th century to the 19th century
Author(s): Nathalie Cazelles
The situation in French Guiana was not the same as in the other French overseas territories (West Indies or Reunion Island) where sugar was grown. Here, visible remains of the colonial sugar and rum industries are hardly found. Only the foundations of factory buildings and domestic housing can still be seen, and today in French Guiana, there is only one factory which is still producing rum. Furthermore, very little archaeological research has been undertaken on the territory's colonial period. We will develop a critical analysis of the archives via data from the recent excavations at the sugar factories of Loyola and la Garonne Plantations. The rum industry, which only occurs at the very end of the 19th century, is much less known than sugar industry. Here archaeological research has been engaging with local inquiries from the descendants of rum-associated families.
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The evolution of the sugar industry in French Guiana from the 17th century to the 19th century. Nathalie Cazelles. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428397)
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