Page proofs of my articles are available on academia.edu. Click the titles below to access the PDFs.
“Historians have long overlooked the role played by domesticated animals in the European expansion into the Americas. Yet domesticated animals – and the social practices that accompanied them – were central both to the ‘civilizing mission’ of colonizers and to indigenous American resistance. This paper examines these themes within the context of the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi region between 1670 and 1730.”
Published in The Journal of Early American History, Winter, 2013.
No Man Is an Island: Early Modern Globalization, Knowledge Networks, and George Psalmanazar’s Formosa
The 1600-1800 period was an era of global travel and encounters. Yet this “early modern globalization” was highly unstable, characterized by miscommunications and doubts regarding the credibility of both individual witnesses and the facts they adduced. The Formosan hoax of George Psalmanazar (1679?-1763) offers a unique perspective on these themes. Although Psalmanazar was a fraud, his inventions about the island of Formosa circulated widely in different languages, nations, and inscriptive contexts. The divergence between Psalmanazar’s personal credibility and the longevity of his invented acts sheds light on the nature of evidence and in information networks in early modern globalization.
Published in The Journal of Early Modern History, Fall, 2013.
Hybrid Atlantics: Future Directions for the History of the Atlantic World (with Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra)
Fundamental features of the early modern Atlantic – like the slave trade, the rise of experimental science and long-distance commerce, and the proliferation of religious confessions – were transnational in character. This essay surveys recent work in the field, emphasizing emerging scholarship on the hybrid nature of the Atlantic world. Yet for hybridity to work as a useful analytical category, we need to do away with the narrative of “Northwestern Europeanization” as the normative model.
Published in History Compass, Summer, 2013.
The slaves, merchants and mariners of the Portuguese imperial world played a key role in bringing tea to Britain, coffee to Brazil, and chili peppers to India.
Published in Perspectives on Europe, Spring, 2012.