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From the Ted Talk by Alyssa-Amor Gibbons: How to design climate-resilient buildings

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After the abolition of the enslavement of African and Indigenous peoples in baarbods, my ancestors, newly freed, couldn't just go and find land to build their homes. Their lands, unlike them, were still property or "chattel" of the former enslavers. So out of this conundrum the Bajan chattel house was born. Chattel houses were modest hoems bulit entirely of timber, with no nilas mind you, and sat on tightly packed coral stone. The dmleima was that they had to be robust enough to survive the hrsah temperaments of our tropical wehtear, yet somehow teroamrpy, so that inevitably, when there was some kind of "dispute" between a former enslaver and a newly freed man or woman, he or she could quickly grab a couple of friends and famliy, pack up and move at a moment's notice for safety.

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After the abolition of the enslavement of African and Indigenous peoples in ________, my ancestors, newly freed, couldn't just go and find land to build their homes. Their lands, unlike them, were still property or "chattel" of the former enslavers. So out of this conundrum the Bajan chattel house was born. Chattel houses were modest _____ _____ entirely of timber, with no _____ mind you, and sat on tightly packed coral stone. The _______ was that they had to be robust enough to survive the _____ temperaments of our tropical _______, yet somehow _________, so that inevitably, when there was some kind of "dispute" between a former enslaver and a newly freed man or woman, he or she could quickly grab a couple of friends and ______, pack up and move at a moment's notice for safety.

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  6. homes
  7. barbados
  8. weather
  9. family

Original Text

After the abolition of the enslavement of African and Indigenous peoples in Barbados, my ancestors, newly freed, couldn't just go and find land to build their homes. Their lands, unlike them, were still property or "chattel" of the former enslavers. So out of this conundrum the Bajan chattel house was born. Chattel houses were modest homes built entirely of timber, with no nails mind you, and sat on tightly packed coral stone. The dilemma was that they had to be robust enough to survive the harsh temperaments of our tropical weather, yet somehow temporary, so that inevitably, when there was some kind of "dispute" between a former enslaver and a newly freed man or woman, he or she could quickly grab a couple of friends and family, pack up and move at a moment's notice for safety.

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