Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of History
Jamaican architectures before Georgian
Date of Publication
The first two generations of English settlers in Jamaica constructed substantial buildings. These collapsed in the 1692 earthquake. Sketches incorporated in early land surveys, details from early deeds, and archaelogical material from Port Royal provide the basis for reconsidering the colonists' buildings, which were adapted to the local climate. Whether late seventeenth-century Jamaica, where the English took over Spanish-built houses, saw the development of 'the creole house' remains an open question, but the settlers' building traditions were creolizing fast, despite the counter-impulse to employ fashionable English stules in a frontier society.....