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History Department

Ernesto Mercado Montero

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



Social and Economic History of Central America & the circum-Caribbean region, African Diaspora, Clandestine Slave Trade


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 eighteenth-century circum-Caribbean as the stage of significant cultural, political, and economic transformations that influenced the wider Atlantic world. His dissertation research is eminently transimperial. Ernesto explores the nature of the polities, commercial networks, and patronage systems that the Kalinago, or Caribs, forged with different European powers in the eighteenth-century Lesser Antilles and later in the Bay of Honduras.

Ernesto's dissertation research has been supported by different institutions, such as The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), The Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, The John Carter Brown Library, The Program in Early American Economy and Society at 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 at UT. 

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