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Robertson, James
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Department of History and Archaeology
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Changing landscapes described: Jamaica 1655-1770
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Archaeological Society of Jamaica 4th Symposium
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April 2005
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Kingston, Jamaica
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Abstract
The scale of changes imposed on Jamaica during the first long century of English rule is remarkable. When the invaders seized the island in 1655 its economy was predominantly pastoral, with only seven sugar mills in operation, since then there have been subsequent changes a-plenty, with new crops like coffee, bananas and cinchona and during the twentieth century, citrus and perhaps, marijuana ... with the rural landscapes of lowland Jamaica continuing to bear the imprint of the late eighteen-century sugar era. This essay addresses the changing landscapes as impacted by English rule and an African Caribbean population.....
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