Liquid Power: An archaeological excavation of an Antiguan rum distillery.

Author(s): Charlotte Goudge

Year: 2016



Rum was an important social and economic catalyst during the 17th-20th centuries, impacting all strata of society from the lowest slaves to the highest echelons of British society. During the 18th and 19th centuries rum developed from a waste product into highly desirable merchandise that was used as a social lubrication to ease tension while buying and selling slaves. This paper will discuss the archaeological excavations undertaken at the Betty’s Hope rum distillery in Antigua, one of the major plantations of the historic era, and its impact on major production and consumption themes within the micro and macro aspects of the Atlantic slave trade. 

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Liquid Power: An archaeological excavation of an Antiguan rum distillery.. Charlotte Goudge. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434805)

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Caribbean industrial rum

Geographic Keywords
United Kingdom Western Europe

Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 919