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The Other British North America: Creating an Empire in the Caribbean

 Date: 5/11/2017
 Starting Time: 2:00:00 PM
 Ending Time: 3:30:00 PM

Join Dr. Robert Grant Irving for a look at the "other" British North America: the Caribbean. For three centuries, Caribbean colonial possessions were bright jewels in the British crown. These imperial outposts, prosperous yet hauntingly precarious, helped shape the destiny of the English-speaking world. Disparate elements - including the tropical climate, slavery, and the wealth from the manufacture and export of sugar - combined to produce a remarkable British West Indian architecture.

Beginning in 1624 at St. KItts, bristling colonial settlements and adaptive edifices spread rapidly across the Caribbean. The scattered volcanic cones and coral reefs of the West Indies became coveted prizes in a fierce and protracted European rivalry, from which Britain emerged supreme. A brilliant mosaic of colonial structures mirrored the ambitions and challenges of the greatest empire since Rome.

This lecture will use maps, city plans, and depictions of colonial architecture and society to produce a understanding of the cities and buildings of the British Caribbbean, so intimately connected with mainland North Anerica, and to create an appreciation of the variety of climatic, political, social, and economic forces that molded the British West Indies.

Dr, Robert Grant Irving was born in New England and educated at Yale;Balliol College at Cambridge; and King's College, Cambridge. A Fellow of Berkeley College at Yale, he has taught at Wesleyan University, Trinity College, the University of Virginia, and at Yale; has held various overseas fellowships; and has lectured on six continents. He is the author of the award-winning book Indian Summer, a history of the creation of New Delhi.


Sunday, November 5, 2:00-3:30 pm. PLease note the change to Standard Time on Sunday, which is one hour earlier than Saturday.

Admission is $12 a person. Program includes a one-hour lecture followed by refreshments.