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Robertson, James
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Re-imagining public space: Jamaica’s main square, 1534- 2000.
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Archaeological Society of Jamaica, Symposium,
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10 April, 2008
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Kingston,
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2008
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17 p.
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http:; web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?hid=8&sid=25475e87-e4ef-431b-8ea8-e2a98ec77098%40sessionmgr15&vid=8
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Also published in Caribbean Quarterly Vol. 55, no.2 June 2009
Abstract
How do we write the history of a space? This paper addresses the successive social constructions and reconstructions of an inherited colonial space: the principal square in Jamaica's former capital, Spanish Town. Emancipation Square is one of Spanish Town's two original squares. The town has grown since it was originally laid out as a new capital city for the island in 1534, but it retains its Spanish-chosen site and much of its original ground plan. This square is a re-used space: formally, in that two of its sides are carried over from the original Spanish ground plan of 1534; physically, as it is still surrounded by an architectural display erected in a rich, brutal, sugar colony between 1760 and the 1820s. The result is a highly impressive place shot through with messages whose significance can appear downright alien 45 years after Jamaican Independence. How far do the processes of adjustment to unfamiliar priorities and proportions help to illuminate the priorities of successive regimes? [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]....
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