Emancipation of Slavery And Barbadian Architecture, Part 6 (1999) - Episode 6


The end of slavery in Barbados was a much more peaceful transition compared to how slavery ended in South Carolina. In Barbados, the slave system was traded in favor of a wage labor system. Each freed slave in Barbados was given a parcel of land called a “tenancy.”

As a result of the end of slavery, a new form of architecture known as “Chattel Houses” developed. While chattel houses did not make their way to South Carolina, Barbadian influence on architecture found in Charleston can still be seen today. Jacobean houses are some of the oldest colonial era structures still standing in Barbados today, such as Drax Hall in St. George Parish, and St. Nicholas Abbey in the parish of St. Peter.

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