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The Last Turtlemen of the CaribbeanWaterscapes of Labor, Conservation, and Boundary Making$
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Sharika D. Crawford

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469660219

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469660219.001.0001

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Limits at Sea

Limits at Sea

State Claims, Territorial Consolidation, and Boundary Disputes, 1880s–1950s

(p.84) Chapter Four Limits at Sea
The Last Turtlemen of the Caribbean

Sharika D. Crawford

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines disputes over the turtle fishery across several circum-Caribbean locales: the southern cays of Cuba, the Miskito Cays of Nicaragua, and the Colombian archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia, and Santa Catalina. It shows how these conflicts over Caymanian access to turtle fishing grounds in national waters reveal the messy multilateral process of maritime boundary making, in which contestations among multiple national and imperial state actors as well as foreign and local turtlemen helped to consolidate a once porous but contested space in the circum-Caribbean. The chapter argues that legislation to regulate the turtle fishery eventually led to the closing of the turtle commons, which had been a robust transnational maritime zone.

Keywords:   Turtle Fishery, Maritime Boundary, The Cayman Islands, Southern Cays Cuba, Miskito Cays Nicaragua, Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia, Santa Catalina, Colombia

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