Ritual Time in British Plantation Colonies, 1650-1780

  title={Ritual Time in British Plantation Colonies, 1650-1780},
  author={Nicholas M. Beasley},
  journal={Church History},
  pages={541 - 568}
  • N. Beasley
  • Published 1 September 2007
  • History
  • Church History
Four thousand miles of ocean divided the plantation colonies of the first British Empire from the English metropole, a great physical distance that was augmented by the cultural divergence that divided those slave societies from England. Colonists in Barbados, Jamaica, and South Carolina thus made the re-creation of English ritual ways central to their ordering of the colonial experience. In particular, the preservation of the English liturgical year and its ritual enactment offered… 
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