UCL Institute of the Americas


Rethinking Indigenous Power in the Colonial Caribbean: A View from the Lesser Antilles

25 January 2023, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

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An event part of the UCL Institute of the Americas Caribbean Seminar Series

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Histories of the colonial Caribbean rarely center the region’s Indigenous inhabitants, focusing instead on the rise of sugar and slavery. Yet attention to the Lesser Antilles reveals that Indigenous Kalinagos continued to play a key role across the archipelago throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Rereading traditional colonial sources such as travel accounts, maps, and dictionaries sheds new light on the importance of Kalinagos in shaping Lesser Antillean trade, settlement, and geopolitics.

About the Speaker

Dr Tessa Murphy

Associate Professor of History at Syracuse University

Tessa Murphy is Associate Professor of History at Syracuse University and the author of The Creole Archipelago: Race and Borders in the Colonial Caribbean (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021). Her research explores comparative colonization, race, and slavery in the Americas, with a focus on the Caribbean.

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