Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education

Mapping, Territory, and Identity in Colonial America and the Early Republic, Part One: Jeffers Lennox, "Homelands and Empires: Indigenous Spaces and Imperial Fictions in the Eighteenth-Century Northeast"

February 17, 2018
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, 314 Forest Ave, Portland, ME

The period from 1690 to 1763 was a time of intense territorial competition during which Indigenous peoples remained a dominant force. British Nova Scotia and French Acadia were imaginary places that administrators hoped to map over the ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq, Wulstukwiuk, Passamaquoddy, and Abenaki peoples. This talk will explore how mapping and treaty negotiations created a system of accommodation that promoted peaceful interactions but enabled violent reprisals when agreements were broken.

Jeffers Lennox is an Assistant Professor of History at Wesleyan University, specializing in early North America, with a specific focus on the history of interactions between British, French, and Indigenous peoples.

Sponsored by The Edmund F. Ball and Virginia B. Ball Endowed Lecture Fund