The Other Islanders

Ethnohistorian Frances Karttunen documents the diversity of Nantucket’s population through the centuries. Beginning with the people already resident when English settlement began in 1659, Karttunen chronicles survivals, arrivals, and changes.

The Other Islanders is available for purchase at the NHA Museum Shop. Or you can view the contents in the PDFs below.


Introduction: Strangers, Coofs and Washashores

I. Nantucket’s First People of Color

Part 1. Wampanoags, The Ancient Proprietors
Part 2. Coexistence with the English
Part 3. African Nantucketers
Part 4. Building Community

II. Ocean Islanders

Part 1. Across the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
Part 2. Portuguese Atlantic Islands
Part 3. To and From Jamaica

III. Nantucket and The World’s People

Part 1. Nantucket and the World’s People

IV. Coming to Work, Staying to Live

Part 1. Approaching the Twentieth Century

Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
Appendix 4


© Frances Karttunen. All rights reserved.

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