Graduate Fellows Forum: David Flaherty Mapping the British Vision of Empire in 1731
David Flaherty PhD Candidate, Corcoran Department of History Scholars’ Lab Fellow 2012-2013
Respondent: Dr. S. Max Edelson Associate Professor, Corcoran Department of History University of Virginia
Summary: The British Board of Trade, a bureaucratic body responsible for overseeing the 18th-century Atlantic colonies, had a broad geographic vision of the British Atlantic based on their extensive communication with colonies from Newfoundland to Honduras. This project maps the Board’s correspondence for a single year, showing which points on the map it received information about and where those letters came from, in an attempt to illustrate that vision.