Chapter ID: CBB485138159

Colonial Encounters in the Southern Lesser Antilles: Indigenous Resistance, Material Transformations, and Diversity in an Ever-Globalizing World (2019)


Corinne L. Hofman (Author)
Menno L.P. Hoogland (Author)
Arie Boomert (Author)
John Angus Martin (Author)

Pages: 359-384
Publication date: 2019
Language: English

During the colonization processes vast webs of social relationships emerged between Amerindians, Europeans, and Africans in the Lesser Antilles. The intercultural dynamics which materialized during this period were likely contingent on local and regional networks of peoples, goods, and ideas which had developed in the Caribbean over the previous 5000 years. This paper focusses on the impacts of colonial encounters on indigenous Carib societies by studying transformations in settlement pattern and organization, material culture, and network strategies. Recent excavations at the early colonial sites of Argyle, St. Vincent and La Poterie, Grenada have revealed the remains of indigenous villages and a set of material culture evidencing the first Amerindian, European and African interactions in the southern Lesser Antilles. In this paper, we will advance novel perspectives on intercultural dynamics in colonial encounter situations and contribute to discussions of indigenous resistance, cultural transformations, and cultural diversity in an ever globalizing world.

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Authors & Contributors
Corinne L. Hofman
Andrzej T. Antczak
Keehnen, Floris W.M.
Joyce, Rosemary A.
Vladislav Todorov
Kelly J. Dixon
Historical Archaeology
International Journal of Historical Archaeology
Technology and Culture
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Historical archaeology
Material culture
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Spain, colonies
Indigenous peoples
Time Periods
16th century
18th century
19th century
15th century
17th century
Central Europe
Florida (U.S.)
Montana (U.S.)

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