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Simplicity, Equality, and SlaveryAn Archaeology of Quakerism in the British Virgin Islands, 1740-1780$
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John M. Chenoweth

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400110

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400110.001.0001

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“Two Plantations” on the Plantation

“Two Plantations” on the Plantation

Simplicity, Wealth, and Status

(p.68) Chapter 3 “Two Plantations” on the Plantation
Simplicity, Equality, and Slavery

John M. Chenoweth

University Press of Florida

Chapter 3 examines the issue of “simplicity,” how Quakerism everywhere involved a concern for economic well-being, and how the Lettsoms in particular may have benefited from their involvement with the Tortola meeting. Although one cannot suppose insincerity in the conversion of British Virgin Islands (BVI) Quakers, it is also true that economics and religion were intimately tied together, particularly for those in this rural, marginal part of the colonial world. This chapter discusses the economics of small-island plantations, and recounts archaeological and historical evidence of economic improvement on Little Jost van Dyke and for the Lettsoms.

Keywords:   Plantation, Tortola Meeting, Religion, Little Jost Van Dyke, Economics, Quakerism, British Virgin Islands

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