Portrait of a Port: The Objects of Industry in Nineteenth-Century Acajutla, El Salvador (1805–1900)

  • Lauren Alston BridgesEmail author
  • Francisco Roberto Gallardo Mejía
Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA)


The impact of the Industrial Revolution affected El Salvador far more slowly in the pre-independence period due to the Spanish trade monopoly. Yet Atlantic and Pacific World demand for commodities such as coffee, indigo, leather, and cotton steadily increased through the early Republican period of independence, encouraging entrepreneurs to invest in the technologies of the nineteenth century. Technologies like the steamship and railroad inextricably connected El Salvador to global markets, resulting in a material landscape composed of imports from Britain, France, Japan, Scotland, and North America. Through terrestrial and underwater explorations in 2015 and 2017 at the port of Acajutla, patterns in the material culture began to emerge allowing a first glimpse at the face of a nation of increasing disparities.


El Salvador Acajutla Nineteenth century Port Ceramics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lauren Alston Bridges
    • 1
    Email author
  • Francisco Roberto Gallardo Mejía
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyThe College of William and MaryWilliamsburgUSA
  2. 2.Museo Nacional de Antropología Dr. David J. Guzmán (MUNA)San SalvadorEl Salvador

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