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Du Tertre wrote that the women transported to the Caribbean at this time had the reputation of being mostly “.” Like Defoe’s fictional prostitute Moll Flanders, they were women who had better social and economic opportunities in the Americas.
Colonial demographic historians Lois Carr & Lorena Walsh have established that women, whether transported for crimes or simply down on their luck, indeed found better work or marriage opportunities in colonial North America.
He writes, “the wives of Indians work like slaves under their husbands, who are lazy.” Du Tertre recites a typical day-in-the-life of a Carib woman: after they’ve bathed themselves, they prepare porridge “and after that they are much overworked.” First they comb their husbands hair and braid it, paint their bodies with annatto a reddish dye, make bread, cook what their husbands and children bring from the hunt or fishing, cultivate their gardens, plow the land, cook cassava, make hammocks from cotton, and extract plant oils to use in their husbands hair.
Of course, Du Tertre’s accusation that they treat their wives like slaves is unfounded, and likely has more to do with Du Tertre’s European preconception that female labor was tantamount to domestic servility.
Du Tertre’s treatment of her however, never presumes that she is indeed as debauched as the island gossips say—or perhaps, Du Tertre believed that her past was not as important in the colonial context.