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La Vie Quotidience

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/9780813036809.003.0010
La Vie Quotidience

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Historical archaeological research has had a productive 30 years investigating the experiences and contexts of plantation slavery in the Caribbean. However, the French Caribbean, home to the majority of enslaved Africans, and the greatest source of European wealth in the region, has been overlooked. While many of the same general trends are expressed in the history of the sugar complex in the French Caribbean, specific events, such as the French Revolution, and cultural and economic characteristics that are distinctly French (the continued existence of a peasantry, different notions of the institution of slavery, etc.) influenced the specific trajectory of plantation slavery in Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Domingue. This chapter explores the experience of plantation slavery on a sugar estate in Guadeloupe, to investigate similarities and differences between the expressions of daily life on better-studied British plantations, and la vie quotidienne of enslaved people in a French colony.

Keywords: Guadeloupe; French West Indies; sugar plantation; slavery; La Mahaudière; French Revolution

Chapter.  5983 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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