Estate Bellevue: Archaeology of an Eighteenth Century Cotton Estate, St. Jan, Danish West Indies
Author(s): Alan Armstrong
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.
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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)
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