Uncovering connections between the East India Company and the Caribbean
When: Wed 3 Jul 2013, 12.30-14.00
Where: Foyle Suite, Centre for Conservation
Price: Free, booking essential
Chris Jeppesen, Research Associate at the UCL Department of History, talks about his recent work on the Library’s collections tracing links between the East India Company and the Caribbean through the movement and correspondence of families.
Historians have tended to draw a binary between British involvement in India and the Caribbean. Rarely, do they acknowledge the intricate connections between the Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds that facilitated the transfer of people, capital and goods during the late eighteenth/early nineteenth centuries. Chris's ongoing research project based between UCL and the Library, has sought to uncover some of the connections between the East India Company and the Caribbean and to suggest ways that other interested researchers can expand our understanding of these links.
Crucial to many exchanges were family networks that spanned India, Britain and the Caribbean, allowing members access to opportunities that promised wealth and prestige. This talk will seek to demonstrate how by following one family - the Martins of Antigua - through the Library's collections, one can start to uncover the all too often ignored links between India and the Caribbean.
Chris Jeppesen’s research is part of an AHRC funded collaboration between UCL and the British Library. Organised with support from the Eccles Centre for American Studies.
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