Thatched Houses, Barbados, 1898


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This record was last updated on 11 May 2017

Image Reference
NW0023

Source
Robert T. Hill, Cuba and Porto Rico (New York, 1898), facing p.394.

Comments
Thatched houses in a Scotland District village. Two working-class white children are shown leaning against the house on the right. Although many years after slave emancipation in 1834-38, these houses probably closely resemble those inhabited by slaves in earlier periods. Barbados had a relatively large poor white population, many of whom lived in villages on the eastern (Atlantic) side of the island. See J. S. Handler and S. Bergman, Vernacular Houses and Domestic Material Culture on Barbados Sugar Plantations, 1650-1838. Jl of Caribbean History 43 (2009) : 1-36.