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Architectures of confidence?
Arciszewska, Barbara; McKellar, Elizabeth
Articulating British Classicism: New approaches to eighteenth-century architecture
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Paper also presented as 'Architectures of confidence?: Spanish Town, Jamaica 1655-1780.' New approaches to eighteenth century architecture, conference held at Victoria and Albert Museum, London, July 4, 2003
Examining how Jamaica's new English settlers endeavoured to stamp their imprint on the town seized in 1655 highlights many of their basic expectations about towns. Architectural displays provided a prominent element in the rivalries between Spanish Town, the planters' inland centre and the island's thriving ports, first Port Royal, then from the 1710s and 1720s, Kingston. Initially these contrasts emphasized the continuing 'Spanish' elements in Spanish Town in contrast to the Englishness of Port Royal and later on Kingston's streets. From the 1760s the emphasis was reversed as an elaborate set of public buildings was erected in the island's capital whose splendid presence served to anchor the administration of the colony in Spanish Town for another century. Distinguishing the particular phases of building in Spanish Town highlights the links between these projects and the colony's public affairs. Investigating these links not only indicates 'why' and 'how' answers for these buildings' use but provides a broader context for the development of a local building tradition in Spanish Town.....