Barbados, Native Huts


This photograph is from the Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection at the Library of Congress. Frank G. Carpenter (1855–1924) was an American writer of books on travel and world geography, whose works helped to popularize cultural anthropology and geography in the United States in the early years of the 20th century. Consisting of photographs taken and gathered by Carpenter and his daughter Frances (1890–1972) to illustrate his writings, the collection includes an estimated 16,800 photographs and 7,000 glass and film negatives. The easternmost island in the Lesser Antilles, Barbados was settled by the English in 1627–28 and remained under British rule until it achieved independence on November 30, 1966. The “native” in the title of the photograph refers, somewhat inaccurately, not to the indigenous Arawakan people who once inhabited the island, but to the descendants of slaves brought to Barbados from the 1640s onward to work in the sugar industry.

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