Labor and Diversity at the Cabrits Garrison, Dominica
The policy of incorporating enslaved Africans into colonial military installations throughout the Caribbean was standard British military policy by the eighteenth century. The Cabrits Garrison, located on the northwestern coast of the Caribbean island of Dominica, was occupied by the British Army between 1763 and 1854. Using available archival and archaeological evidence from structures occupied by lower status military personnel, including enslaved laborers and soldiers of African descent serving in the West India Regiments (WIR), this chapter compares these residential quarters to provide a vantage point exploring lived experience within the formal landscape of British imperialism. Findings demonstrate the connection between these living areas and wider developments across the British Empire and Caribbean plantation culture while also revealing the varied and contradictory nature of identities resulting from dynamic labor relations and daily practices.
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