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12.3 Extension of Roseau

The areal extension of Roseau seems to be somewhat obscure (see Fig. 52). Some people find that only the oldest central part of the city deserves the name while others include in it almost the whole parish of St. George.

Those people who were interviewed for this study as local inhabitants were asked to define the area which they call 'Roseau'. This was done by drawing border line on a map (Lesser Antilles 1:25,000). As reading maps is sometimes difficult even for educated persons, the interviewees were not asked to draw the line by themselves. However, they were asked places name by name if they thought the place in question was to be included in Roseau. If necessary, the extension of the named places was defined by asking the same about individual buildings.

The defined areas range from Gillian Grant's (1999) proposal where district from Fond Cole in the North up to Pointe Michel in the South was included in Roseau to that of David Philip (1999) containing only the built part of Central Roseau. The area defined by Makeda Warner (1999) is the approximate extension of Roseau City Council District (St. John 1999).

As a result, by their own definitions only five of the ten interviewees can be classified as 'Roseauans' while all except Arthur Alexander (1999), who is from Stock Farm, live in the study area. Amongst the interviewed women, however, only Medina Bellot (Bellot & Gabriel 1999) excludes her own home district Bath Estate from her concept of 'Roseau' while four of the six interviewed men found themselves as not Roseauans. As a matter of fact, the two most extensive definitions were given by women (Grant, Warner)--both from Newtown--and the three definitions were Roseau was restricted to the Central district--with or without the Botanical Gardens--were all given by men (Philip, Alexander, Didier).

Frank Vigo (1999) defines the extension of Roseau verbally: 'Roseau is flat, and when you leave you go up.' Nevertheless, when asked to define the borders ostensively he includes such elevated districts as Goodwill, Stock Farm and Fond Cole to his Roseau. The definitions that were closest to the extension of study area were given by Bellot and Gabriel, and Francis St. Rose Williams (1999) with the exceptions that the first excluded Bath Estate and the latter did same to Newtown.

Ambiguity of the border line between Newtown and Central Roseau is clearly visible (see Chapter 6.1). Of those six who excluded Newtown from their Roseau four defined the border on State House hill while two preferred Newtown Savannah. As a matter of fact, those two--Gairy Didier (1999) and Anonymous female (1999)--are both from Potter's Ville. Both Newtowners--Grant and Warner--included their home district in Roseau.

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