Trinidad and Demerara: The Southern Caribbean during the Revolutionary Era
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 09 October 2019
Caribbean seminar series.
This event is free.
Room 103Institute of the Americas51 Gordon SquareLondonWC1H 0PNUnited Kingdom
Focusing primarily on Trinidad and Demerara, Dexnell's presentation will explore how the dramatic late-eighteenth century economic development of these two colonies contributed to the rise of a Greater Southern Caribbean region. It was at that point that the growth of the Windward Islands and the southern Dutch Antilles as well as the continuing importance of Barbados made it possible to conceive of a new zone of interaction inclusive of Venezuela and its offshore islands.
About the Speaker
Dexnell Peters is currently the Bennett Boskey Fellow in Atlantic History at Exeter College, University of Oxford. He took up this position in October 2018 after completing his PhD in Atlantic History at the Johns Hopkins University. His current research project makes a case for the rise of a Greater Southern Caribbean region (inclusive of Venezuela and the Guianas) in the late eighteenth century, showing evidence for a very polyglot, cross-imperial and interconnected world.