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Ernesto Mercado Montero


M.A. Caribbean Studies, The State University of New York at Buffalo

Ernesto Mercado Montero

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Social and Political History of Central America & the Circum-Caribbean Region

Biography


Ernesto Mercado-Montero was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and was raised in Chinú, a small town in the Colombian Caribbean. He is the product of a rich confluence of ethnicities that includes African descendants, Spanish creoles, and Andean natives. As a teenager, Ernesto moved to Madrid, Spain, where he attended college before moving to the United States. He acquired a M.A. in Caribbean Studies at SUNY at Buffalo in 2009 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate. Ernesto's academic interests focus on the role of African descendants and native cultures forging the early modern circum-Caribbean. His dissertation research is eminently transimperial. Ernesto explores the nature of the polities, commercial networks, kinship relationships, and patronage systems that the native Caribs established with African descendants and imperial powers (England, France, Spain, and The United States) in the seventeenth and eighteenth-century Antilles and in the Bay of Honduras during the early nineteenth century.

Ernesto's dissertation research has been supported by different institutions, such as The Social Science Research Council (DPDF and Mellon IDRF programs), The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, The John Carter Brown Library, The Library Company of Philadelphia, The History Project of The Center for History and Economics at Harvard University, as well as The John L. Warfield Center for African & African American Studies and The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, among others.

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