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Commoditization of Persons, Places, and Things During Biloxi's Second Tenure as Capital of French Colonial Louisiana

KENNETH G. KELLY and MEREDITH D. HARDY

in French Colonial Archaeology in the Southeast and Caribbean

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036809
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041841 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036809.003.0004
Commoditization of Persons, Places, and Things During Biloxi's Second Tenure as Capital of French Colonial Louisiana

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In an effort to promote the self-sufficiency of the Louisiana colony and in pursuit of financial gain, French bureaucrats mobilized persons, places, and things into a commodity context. However, anomalous artifact forms recovered from four archaeological sites on and in the environs of the Biloxi peninsula evidence local resistance to their carefully ordered mercantilist strategies. Guided by Le Blond de la Tour's 1722 map titled Carte de Partie de la Coste du Nouveau Biloxy, Avec Les Iles des Environs, this chapter surveys archaeological investigations conducted at Old Biloxi, New Biloxi, the African Habitation Site, and Ship Island, and investigates archaeological manifestations of resistance that suggest early-eighteenth-century processes much akin to contemporary processes of globalization.

Keywords: Biloxi; commoditization; mercantilism; globalization; resistance

Chapter.  5721 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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