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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 • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM • GAR 4.100
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.
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