tDAR Logo tDAR digital antiquity

Estate Bellevue: Archaeology of an Eighteenth Century Cotton Estate, St. Jan, Danish West Indies

Author(s): Alan Armstrong

Year: 2016

» Downloads & Basic Metadata

Summary

This study examines cotton in the Caribbean through the examination of Estate Bellevue.  This site was an eighteenth century cotton plantation on St. Jan (St. John) in the former Danish West Indies.  It examines a well preserved cotton plantation for which the ruins of the small mansion house, outbuildings, cotton magazine/storehouse, cotton ginning platform, agricultural terraces, and platforms of enslaved laborer houses all survive.  Key elements of the site remain intact and artifacts like flat grinding gins (which look like metates) survive on the surface.  This study contextualizes the site in relation to the broader role of cotton in the Caribbean, the multi-ethnic setting of St. Jan, and the impact of global changes in cotton production associated with the shift to industrial ginning and milling and also explores cotton related craft production. 


This Resource is Part of the Following Collections


Cite this Record

Estate Bellevue: Archaeology of an Eighteenth Century Cotton Estate, St. Jan, Danish West Indies. Alan Armstrong. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434381)


Keywords


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 720

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