By Laurie A. Wilkie
The enslaved inhabitants of Clifton Plantation was once an early 19th-century cultural mélange together with local Africans, island-born Creoles, and African-American slaves introduced by means of the vendors from the yankee South as a part of the Loyalist resettlement. This learn of the multi-ethnic African group explores the varied ways in which participants of this unmarried plantation group navigated the conditions of enslavement and negotiated the development of recent global identities inside of their households and with their neighbors.
Focusing at the loved ones and group degrees of social integration at Clifton Plantation, New windfall, Bahamas, from 1812 to1833, this research employs various facts to reconstruct not just the constructions and artifacts of the plantation however the identities and lives of the people who used them. Not basically can we understand the names, a while, origins, spouses, youngsters, and relations of lots of the population, however the examine offers extra element approximately their jobs, paintings schedules, rewards and punishments, fabric tradition, and non secular trust systems. Drawing upon archaeological facts from a tightly managed excavation of the location, old information at the plantation, its proprietor, and the enslaved and loose Africans and African american citizens living there, and ethnographic facts from West Africa, the Caribbean, and North the United States, this quantity presents a remarkably precise photo of the lives of the plantation’s enslaved and indentured residents.
Utilizing the designated contextual info, the authors may be able to hint alterations within the tradition and identities of the person citizens over the 2 many years in their community’s existence. In so doing, Wilkie and Farnsworth display simply how even more should be understood in regards to the lives of enslaved peoples within the New global via this sort of neighborhood study.