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Button, Button, Who's Got the Button: Uncovering Clues to the Garrison of Fort George, Turks and Caicos Islands

Author(s): Neal Hitch

Year: 2013

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Summary

In November 2010, the Turks and Caicos National Museum led the first archaeological investigation of Fort George Cay, a small uninhabited island in the Turks and Caicos. The collection of multiple regimental buttons offered clues to who actually garrisoned the fort. Very little of the history of Fort St George (now named Fort George) has been documented. This presentation provides detailed descriptions of the buttons found and the regiments that served at the fort. Originally built in 1795 by Loyalist planters, the fort provided protection to settlements against attack by the French and privateers. In late 1798, the fort was taken over by British troops. Accounts relating to the fort are few, varied, and often contradicting, leading to scant concrete historic information. The buttons aided in determining the Royal military regiments that served in the Turks and Caicos, a fort rarely mentioned in official regimental records.


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Button, Button, Who's Got the Button: Uncovering Clues to the Garrison of Fort George, Turks and Caicos Islands. Neal Hitch. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428455)


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

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PaperId(s): 693

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