Plantation Landscapes

  • Sarah K. CroucherEmail author


“Plantation Landscapes” discusses the way in which clove plantation landscapes can be understood in relation to the spatialities of capitalism and Swahili cultural understandings of landscapes. Drawing largely on historical sources, this chapter discusses the way in which clove plantations were essentially hybrid. They were far from the capitalist regimes of plantations in the Americas and European-run plantations in the Indian Ocean, yet simultaneously they did not fully fit with the indigenous Swahili conventions of landholdings that may have existed prior to, and concurrently with, clove plantations. Drawing on European colonial documents from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, arguments in this chapter demonstrate the manner in which European landscape sensibilities were frustrated by the ways in which land was held and landscapes were understood by Omani plantation owners. This chapter serves to highlight the manner in which space may be involved within a diversity of capitalist formations.


Cartography Landscape Plantations Historical archaeology Scopic regime Historical geography Land title Cadastral survey 


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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyWesleyan UniversityMiddletownUSA

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