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"It is promised to them:" Loyalist Refugees’ Adaptation in the Exumas Cays, Bahamas (1784–1810)

Author(s): Douglas Pippin

Year: 2013

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The stone foundation ruins on Warderick Wells––an island in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, Bahamas––have long been associated with refugee American Loyalists in the Bahamas after the American Revolution. Local oral tradition maintains that the Davis family occupied the property in the last quarter of the 18th century. Little historical evidence remains, however, to confirm the family association or the site’s connection to the Loyalists. The Exuma Cays were among several locations in the Bahamas that received Loyalist refugees, but Great Exuma became a focal point for this displaced population, its influence reaching out to include Warderwick Wells. Archaeological survey and mapping have confirmed the dates of occupation for the site, and opened up new topics for research. This talk will present the results of the archival research and archaeological survey initiated by the State University of New York at Oswego. 

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"It is promised to them:" Loyalist Refugees’ Adaptation in the Exumas Cays, Bahamas (1784–1810). Douglas Pippin. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428726)


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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): 668

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