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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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Reconstructing a History of Plantation Spaces at Betty’s Hope

Reconstructing a History of Plantation Spaces at Betty’s Hope

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(p.33) 3 Reconstructing a History of Plantation Spaces at Betty’s Hope
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An Archaeology and History of a Caribbean Sugar Plantation on Antigua
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Cory Look

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683401285.003.0003

Arguments have been made that the decline in Antigua’s sugar production was a byproduct of poor land management practices, depletion of soils, and outdated agricultural techniques and technology. Recent work at Betty’s Hope suggests that not all plantations were susceptible to poor decision-making and that some plantations may have superseded social-ecological constraints despite the sugar industry’s inevitable decline. This chapter by Cory Look focuses on key aspects of land-use and landscape change at Betty’s Hope, particularly during the eighteenth century, when the plantation experienced rapid growth and economic prosperity. Look discusses the impact on enslaved Africans through examination of changes to slave quarter spaces and provisioning grounds by managers of local resources. The analysis was possible through remote sensing and multiple surveys conducted over ten field seasons.

Keywords:   Antigua, land management, remote sensing, sugar production, slave quarters, survey

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