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Archaeologies of Slavery and Freedom in the CaribbeanExploring the Spaces in Between$
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Lynsey Bates, John M. Chenoweth, and James A. Delle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400035

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400035.001.0001

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The Archaeology of a Postemancipation Smallholder in the British Virgin Islands

The Archaeology of a Postemancipation Smallholder in the British Virgin Islands

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(p.242) 10 The Archaeology of a Postemancipation Smallholder in the British Virgin Islands
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Archaeologies of Slavery and Freedom in the Caribbean
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John M. Chenoweth

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683400035.003.0010

In some ways, little except a legal status changed for many enslaved Africans when slavery ended in the British Colonies of the Caribbean, as land and capital were held by their former enslavers. In the British Virgin Islands, however, personal effort and a series of historical events led to the creation of many small, freehold farms held by the newly free. This chapter considers initial archaeological work at one of these, highlighting the creative negotiation of these women and men who held their own land despite living in an oppressive empire.

Keywords:   British Virgin Islands, freehold farms, empire

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