The history of Colonial Bluefields Bay diverges from the widely accepted model of eighteenth-century histories of the British Caribbean and imperial Jamaica. The society in Bluefields was not based on sugar because local planters were not wealthy enough to grow or refine it. Nor did the bay thrive as a bustling commercial port, like Port Royal, but instead simply served as a rendezvous for naval and commercial convoys. Because of its size, remoteness and irrelevance to the Imperial economy we might expect to finding in Bluefields Bay a landscape free of Imperial influence. This, however, was not the case.
In 2009 the author conducted a Phase I non-invasive archaeological survey of the bay's seafloor and coastline. This survey revealed the location of an eighteenth-century or early nineteenth-century shallow water anchorage likely used by British ships-of-the-line, and relocated and examined remnants of the bay's coastal fortifications and economic centers. Surprisingly, this examination of the bay's landscape revealed that the patterns of use, types of structures erected, and commercial products produced in the region all allude to the prevalence of an Imperial culture in Colonial Bluefields Bay.
|Commitee:||Harris, Lynn, Swanson, Carl, Wedenoja, William|
|School:||East Carolina University|
|School Location:||United States -- North Carolina|
|Source:||MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Archaeology, Latin American history|
|Keywords:||Archaeology, British Empire, Caribbean, Empire, Jamaica, Underwater|
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