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“Co-Dependent Empires”

Having wrapped up the first Imperial Entanglements workshop, the project members are now looking ahead to next year's conference and the conference theme. Having spent the past year thinking, researching, and writing about the entanglements and encounters between Spanish and British citizens across the two empires, I was left trying to explain why the interactions … Continue reading “Co-Dependent Empires”

Workshop Wrap Up: “News Then and News Now”

The entanglements of the British and Spanish empires from the 17th to the 19th centuries spanned most littoral areas of the globe and touched on all aspects of society. From the abhorrent supply of African slaves by British citizens to Cuba, to the less well known feud over tea and fur trading monopolies in the … Continue reading Workshop Wrap Up: “News Then and News Now”

Reconstructing Eighteenth Century Military Knowledge Networks: The Use and Abuse of Archival Sources

Editor's note: Last week the Imperial Entanglements project hosted a workshop at Warwick University called "News then and News Now: Imperial Entanglements and Transoceanic Networks in Anglo-Spanish Colonialism and their Legacy" The following post is based on the paper given by Dr. Huw Davies of King's College London.   The experience of warfare in different … Continue reading Reconstructing Eighteenth Century Military Knowledge Networks: The Use and Abuse of Archival Sources

MERCHANT CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN THE SOUTH AMERICAN PACIFIC COAST, SPAIN, AND BRITAIN, 1750-1830: SOURCES, PROBLEMS, AND QUESTIONS

Editor's note: Imperial Entanglements is hosting a one day workshop at Warwick University called "News Then and News Now: Imperial Entanglements and Transoceanic Networks in Anglo-Spanish Colonialism and their Legacy". The programme and all other information can be found here: Imperial Entanglements Workshop 2017 In the next few weeks the blog will be featuring posts/previews … Continue reading MERCHANT CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN THE SOUTH AMERICAN PACIFIC COAST, SPAIN, AND BRITAIN, 1750-1830: SOURCES, PROBLEMS, AND QUESTIONS

‘To all practical purposes a British merchant’: Pedro José de Zulueta and his family in 1843

1843 was not a good summer for the young Anglo-Basque merchant Pedro de Zulueta. As we learned in three previous entries on this blog (entry 1; entry 2; entry 3), one quiet August morning, having just arrived at his office ‘which [was] situated in the most conspicuous spot in the City of London’ (ix), he … Continue reading ‘To all practical purposes a British merchant’: Pedro José de Zulueta and his family in 1843

The Reluctant Ally: Anglo-Spanish Slave Trade Negotiations 1820-1821

Alliances between maritime Empires in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries were rarely harmonious; but only a few hold the distinction, of being completely dysfunctional. The post-Napoleonic War alliance between Britain and Spain for the purpose of abolishing the slave trade was one of the few. The anti-slave trade treaty of 1817, which had … Continue reading The Reluctant Ally: Anglo-Spanish Slave Trade Negotiations 1820-1821

A Burden of Proof: Pedro de Zulueta’s Acquittal

[Author's note: this is the third post about Pedro de Zulueta's trial on charges of slave trading. Please see the previous two blogs, Zulueta on Trial and In his Own Defence for context on the trial. Please see the blog's first post for a more general context on Anglo-Iberian suppression of the slave trade.] When … Continue reading A Burden of Proof: Pedro de Zulueta’s Acquittal

In His Own Defence: Zulueta’s Response to Accusations of Slave Trading

[Author's note: this post is the second in a series of three about the trial of Pedro de Zulueta on charges of slave-trading. Please see the blog's first post and the post 'Zulueta on Trial' for more context on the Zulueta family and their involvement in the slave trade.] In 1844, a few months after … Continue reading In His Own Defence: Zulueta’s Response to Accusations of Slave Trading

Zulueta on Trial: The London Press and the case of the Slave Ship Augusta

[Author's note: this will be a three part post with the second and third part being posted in the next two weeks. Please see the blog's first post for more context on the Zulueta family and their involvement in the slave trade.] Pedro de Zulueta, the son of the patriarch of the Zulueta merchant family … Continue reading Zulueta on Trial: The London Press and the case of the Slave Ship Augusta

When Archives Deceive

[Author's note: This is the second post dealing with the Spanish slave ship Arrogante. The first post can be found here. Both posts can be read as stand alone pieces.] It is both a thrilling and frustrating moment when you realize that the letters and memoranda you are looking at in the archives are deceiving … Continue reading When Archives Deceive