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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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Food Provisioning at Betty’s Hope Plantation, 1780s–1850s

Food Provisioning at Betty’s Hope Plantation, 1780s–1850s

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(p.68) 5 Food Provisioning at Betty’s Hope Plantation, 1780s–1850s
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An Archaeology and History of a Caribbean Sugar Plantation on Antigua
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Geneviève Godbout

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683401285.003.0005

Throughout the colonial period, the occupants of the Betty’s Hope site relied a complex provisioning networks to obtain edible goods, tableware, and other necessities not only from the British Metropole and from local producers in Antigua but also from neighboring islands, including Guadeloupe, and from continental America. In this context, Betty’s Hope residents called upon food production and convivial hospitality were used to negotiate and stabilize their position within Antiguan society, both under slavery and after Emancipation (1834), under the particular constraints of absentee ownership and colonial trade regulations. The chapter combined the analysis of material cultural recovered at Betty’s Hope plantation with a close reading of correspondence relating to provisioning on the estate, to illustrate the enduring presence of informal trade, customary reciprocity, smuggling and illicit transactions on the estate throughout the nineteenth century.

Keywords:   hospitality, provisioning, trade, absentee ownership, material cultural

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