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Archaeology in Dominica

Subtitle: Everyday Ecologies and Economies at Morne Patate
Editor: Mark Hauser
Editor: Diane Wallman
Publication Date: 10/20/2020
Language: English
Book webpage: https://upf.com/book.asp?id=9781683401605
Abstract: Archaeology in Dominica examines the everyday lives of enslaved and free workers at Morne Patate, an eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Caribbean plantation that produced sugar, coffee, and provisions. Focusing on household archaeology, this volume helps document the underrepresented history of slavery and colonialism on the edge of the British Empire.  
 
Contributors discuss how enslaved and free people were entangled in shifting economic and ecological systems during the plantation’s 200-year history, most notably the introduction of sugarcane as an export commodity. Analyzing historical records, the landscape geography of the plantation, and material remains from the residences of laborers, the authors synthesize extensive data from this site and compare it to that of other excavations across the Eastern Caribbean. Using historical archaeology to investigate the political ecology of Morne Patate opens up a deeper understanding of the environmental legacies of colonial empires, as well as the long-term impacts of plantation agriculture on the Caribbean region and its people.  
Subject Keywords: social science, archaeology, anthropology, slavery, household archaeology, british empire, environment, atlantic empires, plantation, economy, relational ontologies, Colonialism, inequality, Dominica, Caribbean studies
Series: Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series
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Publisher's URL: upress.ufl.edu
Number of Pages: 216
ISBN: 9781683401605