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Architecture and Urbanism in the British Empire$
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G. A. Bremner

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198713326

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713326.001.0001

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British North America and the West Indies

British North America and the West Indies

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(p.239) 7 British North America and the West Indies
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Architecture and Urbanism in the British Empire
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Harold Kalman

Louis P. Nelson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713326.003.0008

Britain’s colonies in North America and the West Indies represent some of the earliest and most significant experiments in British colonial architecture. From the earliest times these colonies and their settlements established patterns and processes of building that would not only characterize these new lands but also persist well into the post-colonial era. The colonial architecture of the Americas also reflects the very different types of people that migrated to the region and their reasons for so doing. This chapter considers these various societies, their particular colonial contexts, and the types of architecture that resulted. Whether fleeing persecution of warfare, prospecting for natural resources, seeking new fortunes through plantation agriculture, or forcibly removed by transatlantic slavery, these people made unique and distinguished contributions to the built environment of the region, revealing the complex and diverse nature of colonial architecture from landfall to independence.

Keywords:   British empire, Thirteen Colonies, West Indies, Canada, slavery, plantation, vernacular architecture

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