The Early Caribbean Digital Archive is an open access collection of pre-twentieth-century Caribbean texts, maps, and images. Texts include travel narratives, novels, poetry, natural histories, and diaries that have not been brought together before as a single collection focused on the Caribbean.
Plantation slavery and settler colonialism are defining aspects of the early Caribbean—and both sit at the origin of the modern capitalist world. The texts and images collected here tell the story of European imperial domination, and of the enslaved African and indigenous American people whose land, labor, and lives shaped the culture and development of the Atlantic world.
The materials in the archive are primarily authored and published by Europeans, but the ECDA aims to use digital tools to "remix" the archive and foreground the presence and contributions of enslaved and free African, Afro-creole, and indigenous peoples in the Caribbean world.
The ECDA is a digital experiment in decolonizing the archive, and we welcome your help and participation in that effort.