Variation in venues of slavery and freedom: Interpreting the late eighteenth-century cultural landscape of St. John, Danish West indies using an archaeological GIS

Douglas V. Armstrong, Mark Hauser, David W. Knight, Stephan Lenik

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Abstract

An archaeological GIS is used to examine the late eighteenth-century cultural landscape of St. John, US Virgin Islands. Land use patterns are reconstructed using a combination of historic maps, tax records, and survey reconnaissance. The study demonstrates significant, heretofore undocumented, transitions taking place that reflect dynamic cultural and economic change within Danish West Indian plantation society that includes a significant trend towards land ownership by free-colored St. Johnians more than a half a century before emancipation. These venues of freedom are discussed in relation to broader patterns of estate consolidation and economic shifts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-111
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Historical Archaeology
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

Keywords

  • Culturallandscape
  • Free-colored
  • Freedom
  • GIS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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