A Tale of Two Plantations, this project is about the lifestyle of seven multi-generational families in Mesopotamia and Mount Airy. Richard Dunn found a parallel between these two plantations and took it upon himself to further this research on the plantation in the midst of his book work. The Mesopotamia plantation was located in Jamaica whereas the Mount Airy plantation was located in Virginia. In the Caribbean there has always been a huge presence of slaves, which could indicate the living conditions may not have been ideal or passable. This may shed light on the fact that between the years of 1762 – 1833, there were 331 recorded slave deaths on the Mesopotamia plantation. I think the question that propelled Richard’s research is, “Why are so many slaves dying so quickly on the Caribbean Plantation?”
On the website, the information presents as a breakdown of the plantations’ ancestral lines, their direct lineage and probed the numerous difficulties they faced. Dunn includes diagrams, analysis, biographies and the immediate familial relations each slave had around the time of death. There’s also notable events that took place on the plantation to give a clearer picture of the slaves’ in Jamaica’s’ daily plight. The user interface of the website is simple and easy to use, it flows together. Aesthetically its pleasing to look at and the color ways are suiting in light of the research and information presented. It is easy to navigate the site as someone who is new to all this information, I had no issues finding my way around. The typography was legible and clear to understand, the pages were all organized and properly sorted. As you scroll you’re shown all the information documented with the exception of the family lists and trees of each plantation which is on a separate page.
The digital humanities tools being used are the 3D modelling and mapping; the 3D modelling allows for the reconstruction of the past and future and the mapping tool would have been used for database mapping, spatial mapping and aerial. I do not think there are any issues with the presentation of the information in the project, it is cohesive and comprehensible with regards to the question(s). The site is user friendly and the experience on the site is pleasant, I have no qualms. However, in terms of the scope of the research, I feel that Dunn could have gone a bit further to include information about the health of the mothers on the Mesopotamia plantation to give further insight and understanding into the rampant death level, as well as their almost exact living conditions.