Java Plantation Life

Java Plantation Life (HM1J7I)

Location: Edgewater, MD 21037 Anne Arundel County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.355', W 76° 32.929'

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Life on the Quarter

While the plantation owner's house was situated on a hill, African American slaves had to live in less desirable surroundings. Slave quarters were built in low, marshy area near the water. Mosquitoes and damp living conditions were a constant problem.
The quarters usually were one or two room houses built of wood and mud with dirt floors. Fireplaces and chimneys, if present, were also made from mud and sticks. Glass was expensive and difficult to get, so there were no windows.
Houses were crowded; space was at a premium. Children slept on boards that leaned against the wall or fireplace. Can you imagine sleeping like that? African Americans had to make their own furniture and utensils. Although the plantation owner supplied the slaves with a basic diet of corn and porK, most slaves added extra foods by gardening, fishing, or trapping.
HM NumberHM1J7I
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Date Added Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 9:03am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 365672 N 4305626
Decimal Degrees38.88925000, -76.54881667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.355', W 76° 32.929'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 21.3" N, 76° 32' 55.74" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 450-458 Contees Wharf Rd, Edgewater MD 21037, US
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