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"We are reminded that the Caribbean was a more complicated place than we usually imagine."--Kenneth G. Kelly, coeditor of French Colonial Archaeology in the Southeast and Caribbean "These thirteen lucidly written case studies examine diverse communities, histories, and landscapes, demonstrating that the Caribbean offers historical archaeology a great deal more than the study of sugar and slavery."--Theresa A. Singleton, author of Slavery behind the Wall: An Archaeology of a Cuban Coffee Plantation

Caribbean plantations and the forces that shaped them--slavery, sugar, capitalism, and the tropical, sometimes deadly environment--have been studied extensively. This volume brings together alternate stories of sites that fall outside the large cash-crop estates. Employing innovative research tools and integrating data from Dominica, St. Lucia, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Barbados, Nevis, Montserrat, and the British Virgin Islands, the contributors investigate the oft-overlooked interstitial spaces where enslaved Africans sought to maintain their own identities inside and outside the fixed borders of colonialism.

Despite grueling work regimes and social and economic restrictions, people held in bondage carved out places of their own at the margins of slavery's reach. These essays reveal a complex world within and between sprawling plantations--a world of caves, gullies, provision grounds, field houses, fields, and the areas beyond them, where the enslaved networked, interacted, and exchanged goods and information.

The volume also explores the lives of poor whites, Afro-descendant members of military garrisons, and free people of color, demonstrating that binary models of black slaves and white planters do not fully encompass the diversity of Caribbean identities before and after emancipation. Together, the analyses of marginal spaces and postemancipation communities provide a more nuanced understanding of the experiences of those who lived in the historic Caribbean, and who created, nurtured, and ultimately cut the roots of empire.

Lynsey A. Bates is an archaeological analyst for the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS). John M. Chenoweth is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. James A. Delle, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Shippensburg University, is the editor of The Limits of Tyranny. A volume in the Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. 1. Introduction: The Caribbean Spaces in Between
  2. John M. Chenoweth, James A. Delle, Lynsey A. Bates
  3. pp. 1-28
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  1. Part 1: The Spaces Between and Within
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. 2. The Role of Caves and Gullies in Escape, Mobility, and the Creation of Community Networks among Enslaved Peoples of Barbados
  2. Frederick H. Smith, Hayden F. Bassett
  3. pp. 31-48
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  1. 3. “Poor Whites” on the Peripheries: “Poor White” and Afro-Barbadian Interaction on the Plantation
  2. Matthew C. Reilly
  3. pp. 49-78
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  1. 4. Provisioning and Marketing: Surplus and Access on Jamaican Sugar Estates
  2. Lynsey A. Bates
  3. pp. 79-110
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  1. 5. Life beyond the Village: Field Houses and Liminal Space on a Jamaican Coffee Plantation
  2. James A. Delle
  3. pp. 111-128
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  1. 6. Beyond Sugar: Plantation Landscapes and the Rise of a Free Black Population on St. Lucia
  2. Jane I. Seiter
  3. pp. 129-151
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  1. 7. Surveying a Long-Term Settlement on Potato Hill, Montserrat
  2. Krysta Ryzewski, John F. Cherry
  3. pp. 152-180
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  1. Part 2: Transition and Postemancipation Spaces
  1. 8. Dimensions of Space and Identity in an Emancipation-Era Village: Analysis of Material Culture and Site Abandonment at Morgan’s Village, Nevis, West Indies
  2. Marco Meniketti
  3. pp. 183-206
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  1. 9. African Moravian Burial Sites on St. John and Barbados: A Comparison of Spaces within Lived Experiences and Social Transformations from Slavery to Freedom
  2. Helen C. Blouet
  3. pp. 207-241
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  1. 10. The Archaeology of a Postemancipation Smallholder in the British Virgin Islands
  2. John M. Chenoweth
  3. pp. 242-263
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  1. 11. Postemancipation Shifts: Land, Labor, and Freedom on the Bois Cotlette Estate, Dominica, after 1838
  2. Khadene K. Harris
  3. pp. 264-278
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  1. 12. Military Material Life in the British Caribbean: Historical Archaeology of Fort Rocky, Kingston Harbor, Jamaica (ca. 1880–1945)
  2. Stephan T. Lenik, Zachary J. M. Beier
  3. pp. 279-306
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  1. 13. Double Consciousness and an African American Enclave: Being Black and American on Hispañiola
  2. Kristen R. Fellows
  3. pp. 307-328
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  1. 14. Conclusion: Minding the Gaps in the Diasporic Web
  2. Laurie A. Wilkie
  3. pp. 329-352
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 353-354
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 355-358
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  1. Series Titles
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