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Du Pratz's Dishes: Colonoware from Fort Rosalie, and the Paradox of Globalization

Author(s): James A. Nyman

Year: 2015

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French colonial Fort Rosalie, situated in present day Natchez, Mississippi, was the site of intimate cross cultural exchange. Living in the frontier at a distant outpost of the Louisiana colony, the soldiers felt comfortable incorporating Indigenous foods into their diets, eating from Natchezan vessels, and even taking Native wives. Far from idyllic however, the European and Indigenous inhabitants of the Natchez Bluffs were swept up in larger paradoxes of globalization spurred by increasing colonial interest in developing the fertile land at the Bluffs.

Native-made colonoware identified from one of Fort Rosalie’s barracks reveal how the Indigenous population found ways to make creative accommodations for French tastes, and to expand their market base, while exercising survivance in the face colonial expansion. Meanwhile, the use of colonoware allowed the soldiers to maintain a sense of French identity in the frontier through their daily food regimes, despite their reliance on wild foods.


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Du Pratz's Dishes: Colonoware from Fort Rosalie, and the Paradox of Globalization. James A. Nyman. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433849)


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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): 234

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