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Plantations and homes: The material culture of the Early Nineteenth-Century Jamaican elite

Plantations and homes: The material culture of the Early Nineteenth-Century Jamaican elite
Plantations and homes: The material culture of the Early Nineteenth-Century Jamaican elite
This chapter is about the wealth and material culture of the Jamaican elite during the age of abolition. The planter class had a huge material investment in plantation slavery, and wealth derived from this allowed it to live ostentatiously and to consume conspicuously. Those who did not migrate away from Jamaica were drawn towards colonial towns, many of them taking up residence in, or at the edges of, urban centres. Lists of personal property found in probate inventories show how planters cultivated separate spheres of activity on the plantations and at their peri-urban homes, putting physical and cultural distance between themselves and the sources of their wealth.
planters, caribbean, jamaica, Slavery, Abolition, British history
49-69
Routledge
Petley, Christer
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Petley, Christer
Lenik, Stephan
Petley, Christer
8575b3f5-b694-44a2-a70e-aa715a74381a
Petley, Christer
Lenik, Stephan

Petley, Christer (2017) Plantations and homes: The material culture of the Early Nineteenth-Century Jamaican elite. In, Petley, Christer and Lenik, Stephan (eds.) Material Cultures of Slavery and Abolition in the British Caribbean. 1 ed. Routledge, pp. 49-69.

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This chapter is about the wealth and material culture of the Jamaican elite during the age of abolition. The planter class had a huge material investment in plantation slavery, and wealth derived from this allowed it to live ostentatiously and to consume conspicuously. Those who did not migrate away from Jamaica were drawn towards colonial towns, many of them taking up residence in, or at the edges of, urban centres. Lists of personal property found in probate inventories show how planters cultivated separate spheres of activity on the plantations and at their peri-urban homes, putting physical and cultural distance between themselves and the sources of their wealth.

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Published date: 2017
Keywords: planters, caribbean, jamaica, Slavery, Abolition, British history

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Local EPrints ID: 438378
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/438378
PURE UUID: 13692f34-3771-4a94-be33-21d3b37b0cba
ORCID for Christer Petley: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0616-1871

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Date deposited: 09 Mar 2020 17:30
Last modified: 19 May 2020 00:36

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Author: Christer Petley ORCID iD
Editor: Christer Petley
Editor: Stephan Lenik

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