Enslaved Africans and the British Military at the Brimstone Hill Fortress

November 19,2018Professor Emeritus Gerald Schroedl, formerly of the University of Tennessee and currently visiting the Federation, will be giving a public lecture entitled Enslaved Africans and the British Military at the Brimstone Hill Fortressat the St. Paul’s Anglican Church Hall on Tuesday, November 20th beginning at 7 pm.
This event is being hosted by the Nevis Historical and Conservation Society (NHCS) in partnership with the University of the West Indies Open Campus, Nevis. Since the mid 1990s, Professor Schroedl, an anthropologist and archaeologist by training has undertaken extensive research at the Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
One of his principal areas of interest is the British military and the archaeology of enslaved Africans in the Caribbean. His research at Brimstone Hill has focused on the experiences of the diverse groups which would have occupied the site over a period of 160 years and the relationships among them. These included British soldiers, black militiamen, and enslaved Africans.
Enslaved Africans in their thousands were the chief builders of the Brimstone Hill Fortress which was constructed both to protect against foreign invasions and to discourage slave revolts.
Professor Schroedl has written and presented extensively on his research at Brimstone Hill and was invited along with two of his colleagues to give a lecture at the ceremony to commemorate the inscription of the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Basseterre, St Kitts in October 2000.
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