Upcoming Events

Thu Jan 26, 2017

Fidel Tavarez: "The Spanish Monarchy as an Imperial Machine, c. 1740-1795"


Location: 155 DeBartolo

Fidel J. Tavárez obtained a Ph.D. in history at Princeton University and currently holds a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholarship at the University of Chicago.  His fields of expertise are the early modern Spanish Atlantic and Enlightenment political economy. At present, Fidel is transforming his dissertation into a book manuscript tentatively titled The Imperial Machine: Inventing the Spanish Commercial Empire, 1740-1812

Mon Jan 30, 2017

DeSantis Lecture Series - "Slave Revolts and Piratical Capitalism in the Age of Captain Morgan"


Location: 125 Debartolo Hall

In the late seventeenth-century Caribbean, the histories of piracy, the slave trade, and slave revolts were intertwined, complex, and often contradictory. Servants and slaves ran away from plantations and joined soldiers and sailors who had left forced service in the army and navy to become buccaneers. These same buccaneers captured slaves on raids on the Spanish Main and sold them in Jamaica, providing the first plantation workforce for the colony that became the richest in Britain's Atlantic Empire. At the same time, however, slaves staged a series of successful revolts on Jamaica, building self-sufficient "maroon" communities that despite the best and very costly efforts of British forces, were never defeated. Through the history of buccaneering and maronnage, we see how collective forms of resistance could be co-opted to benefit -or conversely- threaten the development of the Caribbean plantation complex. …

Wed Mar 8, 2017