Jamestown and New Orleans: Landscapes, Entrepots and Global Currents

Author(s): William Kelso

Year: 2018


This presentation compares early English Jamestown and early French New Orleans, apparent historical apples and oranges, but in reality founded and developed in parallel ways. Established a century apart and by two European cultures, Jamestown and New Orleans went through similar rites of passage to establish a social and economic outpost at a safe distance from Spanish settlements. More specifically, the paper first reviews the Jamestown texts and artifacts that have revealed the townscape of Jamestown especially how it was transformed by 1619 and after and how it functioned as an early gateway to the Atlantic World. Comparison is made between Jamestown and New Orleans early defense strategies, how they acted as riverine gateways to the North American interior and how cash crops assured their success as European Colonial outposts.

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Jamestown and New Orleans: Landscapes, Entrepots and Global Currents. William Kelso. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441311)


Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 955