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An Archaeology and History of a Caribbean Sugar Plantation on Antigua$
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Georgia L. Fox

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401285

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401285.001.0001

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The Great House

The Great House

(p.16) 2 The Great House
An Archaeology and History of a Caribbean Sugar Plantation on Antigua

Georgia L. Fox

University Press of Florida

Chapter 2 discusses the Great House at Betty’s Hope, which was excavated from 2007 to 2012. The plantation was owned by the Codrington family from 1674 until the plantation was sold in 1944. Ownership began with Christopher Codrington II, the son of a Barbadian sugar planter. Although the house itself is long gone, the house and grounds at Betty’s Hope follow certain basic characteristics of Caribbean plantation architecture and landscapes. The overall material culture of the Betty’s Hope Great House is similar to other British colonial sites, with a predominance of eighteenth-century British ceramics and artifacts reflecting domestic life. Archaeological and documentary evidence suggest that the house was destroyed by the time of the sale of the property in 1944.

Keywords:   British ceramics, Christopher Codrington II, domestic life, Great House, plantation architecture, material culture, landscapes

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