Black Female Slave in the Caribbean: An Archaeological Observation on Culture

Author(s): Kelsey K Dwyer

Year: 2016


 The relationships between white men and black female slaves resulted in the formation of new ethnic identitites and social structures associated with their mixed-heritage or "mulatto" children. Sources like artwork and ethno-historical accounts of mulatto children in areas of the Caribbean and the role of African female slaves lend unique insights into social dynamics and cultural markers of modern populations. This paper examines the historical narratives and archaeological findings of black female slaves from 1700 through 1886 in order to lend to the holistic identity of African female slaves. Furthermore, it explores the underrepresented gendered perspective and artifact assemblages, research questions regarding the overall impact of female slaves on the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade which can further assist in the interpretation of the material culture of slave vessels.

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Black Female Slave in the Caribbean: An Archaeological Observation on Culture. Kelsey K Dwyer. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434453)


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

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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