Tropical Homesteads: Artifacts of Miami's Pioneers

Robert S. Carr

in Digging Miami

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780813042060
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043463 | DOI:
Tropical Homesteads: Artifacts of Miami's Pioneers

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This chapter examines the archaeological evidence of the material culture of pioneer life in Miami. Ranging from the earliest discovered pioneer sites representing frontier subsistence of the mid-nineteenth century, these sites and their histories are discussed for the Wagner family on Wagner Creek and the Addisons of Cutler. In contrast to these frontier homesteads, the opulent house sites and artifacts of the wealthy Brickells, fiction writer Kirk Monroe, and presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan are examined. Each site is discussed using archival documentation and archaeological evidence. The special contributions of African Americans and African Bahamians are also presented including the recent discovery of the “Lemon City Colored Cemetery” in North Miami where a forgotten cemetery is uncovered during the development of a new low-income apartment.

Keywords: Brickell; William Jennings Bryan; African Americans; Addison; Wagner

Chapter.  5259 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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