CFP: Anglo-Spanish Lives in Port Cities

3rd Annual Conference of the AHRC Project 'Imperial Entanglements: Trans-Oceanic Basque Networks in British and Spanish Colonialism and their Legacy'  9-10 August 2019 Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool UK Port-cities in Britain are known and studied as crossroads and gateways of empire. People, ideas, goods, money, etc. flowed in and out of these porous urban environments. … Continue reading CFP: Anglo-Spanish Lives in Port Cities

CFP: ‘Co-dependent Empires’: 2nd Annual Conference of Imperial Entanglements: Trans-Oceanic Basque Networks in British and Spanish Colonialism and their Legacy

13-14 July 2018, Museo Histórico de Acapulco 'Fuerte de San Diego', Acapulco, Mexico  Conference Theme: The historiography on empires and imperial rivalries is abundant. The stories of the rise and fall of Rome, Carthage, Persia, Byzantium, Portugal, Spain, France, Britain, etc., are all well worn territory for a variety of historians. Empires have been compared … Continue reading CFP: ‘Co-dependent Empires’: 2nd Annual Conference of Imperial Entanglements: Trans-Oceanic Basque Networks in British and Spanish Colonialism and their Legacy

The Basque Enlightenment, Cuba, and Slavery: for a Genealogy of Imperial Entanglement (II)

Editor's note: This is the second of three adapted parts of the paper given at this summer's project workshop by co-investigator Joseba Gabilondo (Michigan State University). At the end of the previous post, we had arrived at the question of how long the British Zuluetas had been connected with the slave trade. In order to … Continue reading The Basque Enlightenment, Cuba, and Slavery: for a Genealogy of Imperial Entanglement (II)

The Basque Enlightenment, Cuba, and Slavery: for a Genealogy of Imperial Entanglement (I)

Publication Note: This is the first of three adapted parts of the paper given at this summer's project workshop by co-investigator Joseba Gabilondo (Michigan State University). My research centers on a Basque trading family that expanded on both sides of the Atlantic:  Cuba, England, and Spain. The importance of this research emerges from the most … Continue reading The Basque Enlightenment, Cuba, and Slavery: for a Genealogy of Imperial Entanglement (I)

“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”

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

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

The Spanish Slave Ship Arrogante and British Efforts to Suppress the Slave Trade

[Author's Note: The posts on this blog will vary in content and authorship. However, some topics will be covered in several posts, as they will be part of on-going research. This is the first post that will cover the research being done on the Spanish slave ship Arrogante owned by the Zulueta family in the … Continue reading The Spanish Slave Ship Arrogante and British Efforts to Suppress the Slave Trade