African Archaeological Review

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 175–195 | Cite as

Archaeology and resistance history in the Caribbean

  • E. Kofi Agorsah


Archaeological and ethnological evidence from the site of Efutu in Ghana is used to indicate the African cultural background of people imported into the Caribbean for enslavement in historical times. Historical, oral and ethnographic data are cited as bases for identifying the characteristics that enabled the enslaved people in the Caribbean successfully to establish independent communities and to put up a prolonged resistance against colonial powers. The heritage of Maroon communities in Jamaica is then discussed in order to identify continuities and discontinuities in African traditions among Caribbean societies.


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Les témoignages archéologiques et ethnologiques du site d'Efutu au Ghana servent à donner des indications sur le passé culturel africain des gens importés aux Antilles comme esclaves aux temps historiques. Des données historiques, orales et ethnographiques sont citées comme bases pour l'identification des caractéristiques ayant permis aux esclaves des Antilles de parvenir à établir des communautés indépendantes et d'opposer une résistance prolongée aux puissances coloniales. L'héritage des communautés d'esclaves marrons en Jamaïque est ensuite discuté afin d'identifier les continuités et discontinuités des traditions africaines parmi les sociétés caraïbes.


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