Tortuga - Haiti's Ile de la Tortue - Prehistoric and Buccaneer Archaeology

Author(s): Daniel Koski-Karell

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

The Ile de la Tortue, Haiti, is perhaps more famously known as Tortuga for its association with the seventeenth century's Buccaneers. It was settled in prehistoric times by multiple cultural groups, given its Spanish name by Columbus, depopulated by enslavement of its indigenous population, settled by English Puritans, liberated by French Huguenots, became a port of ill-repute for Buccaneers, includes multiple shipwreck sites, was developed into French colonial plantations, became a place of relief or death for sickly French soldiers and Napoleon's sister Pauline, liberated again by Haitian revolutionary forces through amphibious invasion, and on and on and on. All in all, it's a pretty interesting place, but not easy to get to and life there is tough. This paper provides a summary of the author's archaeological investigation of the island.

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Tortuga - Haiti's Ile de la Tortue - Prehistoric and Buccaneer Archaeology. Daniel Koski-Karell. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450310)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -90.747; min lat: 3.25 ; max long: -48.999; max lat: 27.683 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 23598