Seeking Out Slavery in Colonial Saint Domingue (Haiti)

Author(s): Kenneth Kelly

Year: 2017


Saint Domingue was the most important European colony of the Caribbean region, producing vast amounts of wealth through the labor of enslaved Africans and their descendants. It was also the setting of the only large scale slave revolt that succeeded in overturning the slavery system. In spite of this importance to Atlantic studies, African Diaspora studies, and historical archaeology, very little substantive research has been conducted on sites associated with the dwelling places of the enslaved laborers. In summer of 2016, I travelled to Haiti and surveyed nearly 30 plantation sites to determine if the slave villages could be identified, and their potential for contributing toward developing comparisons with other slave-based colonies of the French colonial world. This paper presents the results of that research.

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Seeking Out Slavery in Colonial Saint Domingue (Haiti). Kenneth Kelly. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 428994)

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

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Abstract Id(s): 14391