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The Enslaved Laborer Settlement at Trents Plantation, Barbados: 1640s-1834

Author(s): Douglas Armstrong

Year: 2016

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Trents Plantation, Barbados has provided a wealth of new information on early plantation life in Barbados.  In 2013 I reported on the recovery of the early settlement at Trents Plantation and briefly mentioned the identification of an enslaved laborer settlement on the plantation.  This paper focuses on findings related to the enslaved laborer community that was established on the property beginning in the late 1640s.  The site was occupied trough the period of slavery and abandoned upon emancipation in 1834. All other known examples of enslaved laborer settlements in Barbados were plowed under when the laborer populations were displaced at the end of slavery.  Data is presented from an intensive survey, systematic shovel testing, and intensive excavation at four discrete house sites in the village, including one with a definitive seventeenth century materials.  The archaeological data provides a basis to discuss living conditions during the period of enslavement.

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The Enslaved Laborer Settlement at Trents Plantation, Barbados: 1640s-1834. Douglas Armstrong. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434380)


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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): 630

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