Possible Maps: Lecture with Professor Laite

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Possible Maps: Lecture with Professor Laite

Mary Ward House

London, England

From: May 3rd 2024
to: May 3rd 2024

Consigned to the cold and watery edge of empire, Newfoundland was more of a work-camp than a colony. To the colonial officials in their mahoganied offices in London and the merchants in their mansions in Poole, the island was (in the words of Patrick O’Flaherty) ‘a sub-colonial fishing berth, an outlying cod abattoir’.

This lecture will examine some official and unofficial, and colonial and Indigenous, ways of mapping and knowing this hinterland in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; and will reconsider the place of this ‘unknown’ island and its difficult history within the British Empire.

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