Estate Bellevue: A Study of a Small-Scale Caribbean Cotton Plantation

Author(s): Alan Armstrong

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Archaeologies of Enslavement" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

This paper presents of findings from Estate Bellevue St. John, USVI, a small-scale cotton plantation.  Cotton estates represent a distinct but understudied variant within the Caribbean plantation landscape.  This study takes advantage of the well-preserved spatial layout at Estate Bellevue to explore details of life for both planter and the enslaved.  This study focuses on the recovery of information related to the scale and spatial patterning of 18th century cotton estates with a focus on cotton production and household-based evidence of craft production among the enslaved laborers, using taskscapes to identify the spaces and activities.  The project provides an important counterpoint to data generated from sugar estates.  In the process, it broadens our understanding of variation in the experiences of Africans and Europeans in the Caribbean and the broader Atlantic world.

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Estate Bellevue: A Study of a Small-Scale Caribbean Cotton Plantation. Alan Armstrong. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449137)

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Cotton Slavery taskscape

Geographic Keywords
United States of America

Temporal Keywords

Spatial Coverage

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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PaperId(s): 419