East Meets West: An East Indian Coin in the Western Colonies

Kiara Beaulieu

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Abstract

In 1823, the Ontario House, a hotel and tavern, was built near Niagara Falls, Canada. In addition to providing a location for travelers and tourists to drink and lodge, Ontario House, like many other establishments, billeted soldiers when the need arose. The 2012 excavation of the midden and features of the Ontario House produced a large assemblage of artifacts including ceramics, buttons, numismatics, and military accoutrements. Of particular interest is an East Indian coin, found in the natural topsoil, which can be associated with the 67th Regiment of Foot’s brief occupation of Ontario House in 1841. This paper addresses the significance of this coin and associated finds in regards to the global movement of the regiment and the socio-political context of Ontario House within regional history.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)693-704
JournalInternational Journal of Historical Archaeology
Volume20
Issue number4
Early online date24 Oct 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

Keywords

  • Military
  • Canada
  • Numismatics
  • Rebellion crisis

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