Discovering Cultures and the Sea: Navigation, Exploration, Conquest, and Trade
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Oceans divide distant places but throughout history societies have looked across the sea for ways to make faraway connections. This seminar will examine many ways that cultures around the world have been shaped by maritime matters. Navigation, Vikings and Basques in North America, the spice trade, Spanish galleons, slavery, New England’s trade with Asia in the 18th and 19th centuries, Maine lobstermen, naval warfare, and overfishing are all part of the story. Two short essays and a term project (approximately 12 pages).
Note: There will be required trips to the USS Constitution, the Peabody Museum, and Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.