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Two Atlantic Worlds Collide in Arkansas: Spanish Coins from the 1830s Mercantile District in Historic Washington, Arkansas

Author(s): Jamie Brandon

Year: 2014

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Traditionally, the Atlantic World concept has been used to frame analyses of places on the eastern seaboard of the United States, as the ties with Europe were strongest during the colonial period and clearest along coastline. However, these economic spheres extended their reach well beyond the coastlines and ports. Surprisingly, the interface between two of these Atlantic worlds’the British and Spanish Atlantics’can be found in southwestern Arkansas in the 1830s. During 2011 and 2012 excavations at Historic Washington State Park, in the city’s old commercial district, Arkansas Archeological Society members recovered four Spanish coins. These small silver disks, all minted in the late 18th century, evoke the commerce, licit or otherwise, that flowed back and forth between these two worlds.


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Two Atlantic Worlds Collide in Arkansas: Spanish Coins from the 1830s Mercantile District in Historic Washington, Arkansas. Jamie Brandon. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436703)


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PaperId(s): SYM-14,01

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