The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 45, Issue 1

Article 4
Capitalizing on Avenues for Financial Autonomy: Women in the Commercial Activities of Nineteenth-Century Bridgetown, Barbados

Cheryl A. King


This paper discusses the involvement of nineteenth-century women in the ancillary services of Bridgetown, Barbados. It looks specifically at their role as owner/managers of taverns, hotels/inns, shops, and as providers of services in the sphere of domesticity. The findings of the investigation highlight women as active entrepreneurial contributors to the construction of the slave-based and post-emancipation economy of Barbados.