New Episode: Going Timbering and Turtling in the Caribbean with Mary Draper
Three hundred years ago, timber and turtles were key commodities for English settlers on Barbados and Jamaica.
Barbadians sailed northwest to the island of St. Lucia where they harvested timber while Jamaicans headed to the Cayman Islands to take turtles in astounding numbers.
Why did they seek these resources hundreds of miles away from their home islands? And what does it have to tell us about how settlers adapted to the environment in the early modern Caribbean?
On today’s episode, Dr. Mary Draper joins Jim Ambuske to flesh out how timber and turtles became central to Barbadian and Jamaican society in the colonial era.