History Department
History Department

IHS Workshop: "Chocolate-Covered Colony: The Material Culture of Cacao in Eighteenth Century Venezuela" by Jesse Cromwell, Ph.D. Candidate in History, UT Austin

Mon, September 26, 2011 | GAR 4.100

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Jesse Cromwell, Ph.D. Candidate in History at The University of Texas at Austin, will present a workshop entitled "Chocolate-Covered Colony: The Material Culture of Cacao in Eighteenth Century Venezuela." With research interests in seventeenth and eighteenth-century Latin American and Caribbean history, maritime history, imperial rivalry, commerce and trade, smuggling, and piracy, Jesse's dissertation, tentatively titled “Covert Commerce: A Social History of Contraband Trade in Venezuela, 1680-1800,” examines the unexplored lives of non-Spanish smugglers, Venezuelan collaborators, corrupt Spanish officials, and Afro-Caribbeans involved in the colony’s flourishing illicit trade markets.  It argues that the inter-imperial contraband carried out by these shadowy figures heavily influenced the development of Venezuelan society in the eighteenth century and facilitated a commercial separation from Spain that preceded its political rupture from the mother country.  More about Jesse Cromwell and about the New Work in Progress Series.

Responder: Susan Deans-Smith, Associate Professor of History, UT Austin

Free and open to the public. RSVP required. To RSVP and receive a copy of the pre-circulated paper, please email Courtney Meador by 9 a.m., Friday, Sept 23.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History

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