Background image: John Hunt, The Draught of St. Georges fort Erected by Captayne George Popham Esquier . . .  (1607)
Program: Lost Colonies Conference

Episodes of unsuccessful European colonial initiatives have long occupied an awkward place in our understanding of the global expansion of European economic, military, and political power. They are usually portrayed as faltering first steps, wrong directions, or evolutionary dead ends in the genealogical tree of Europe’s rise to domination.

By examining a number of these “lost colonies,” spread across the world, over four centuries after 1450, and among many different political, cultural, and economic contexts, this conference hopes to challenge or at least to problematize the “rise of the west.”  Focusing attention on the many cases in which European colonial enterprises did not achieve their purpose can begin both to illuminate the many difficulties that confronted European expansionism and to open the larger historical narrative of western expansion to new questions and perspectives.

Conference papers will be pre-circulated and should be read by all who plan to attend. Those who preregister for the conference will be provided free Web access to the papers beginning in February 2004. Paper copies will also be available at a modest cost.

Preregistration is required to obtain access to the conference papers.

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Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street (click here for map)

5:00-5:15: Opening Remarks
Daniel K. Richter, McNeil Center for Early American Studies/University of Pennsylvania
Robert Olwell, University of Texas
5:15-6:30: Archaeological Approaches

The Archaeology of Elizabeth’s Empire

Eric Klingelhofer, Mercer University

St. Croix Island—Lost and Found

Steven R. Pendery, National Park Service
Almost Lost: The Remarkable Forts of Bermuda, 1612-1622
Norman F. Barka and Mark Kostro, College of William and Mary
Comment: Marley Brown, Colonial Williamsbrug Foundation
6:30-7:30; Reception

Cassatt House, 1320 Locust Street, Philadelphia (click here for map)

Terrace Room, Logan Hall, University of Pennsylvania Campus

(click here for map | click here for building view)
8:30-9:15: Registration
9;15-10:30: Information and Experience

Lost in Atlantic Space: Colonizing and Maritime Intelligence, 1450-1650

Lauren Benton, New York University

Taiwan Made in Holland

Leonard Blussé, Leiden University
Comment: Joyce Chaplin, Harvard University

10:30-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00-12:30: Colonizing from the British Periphery

Grandezza in Newfoundland

Andrew Fitzmaurice, University of Syndey

New Caledonia 1698-1700: Scotland’s Twice-Lost Colony

Ignacio Gallup-Diaz, Bryn Mawr College

Internal Colonialism and the British Diaspora

Mark Netzloff, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Comment: David Armitage, Columbia University
12:30-2:00: Lunch
2:00-4:00: Imperial Conflicts and Legacies

The Ottoman Naval Expeditions to the Swahili Coast, 1584-1589

Giancarlo Casale, Harvard University

The Lost Colony of New Scotland and its Successors

John G. Reid, St. Mary’s University

‘Englands Honour Revived’: English Anti-Catholicism and the Conquest of Quebec and Saint Sauveur

Cynthia Van Zandt, University of New Hampshire

The Fall of New Sweden

James Williams, Middle Tennessee State University
Comment: James Muldoon, The John Carter Brown Library

4:00-4:15: Coffee Break

4:15-5:45: Early French Failures

France and the Floridas: The Meaning of Fort Caroline to European Settlement in the New World

Daniel S. Murphree, University of Texas at Tyler

Lost, Found, Lost Again: The Narrative Histories of French Florida

John Pollack, University of Pennsylvania

Pirates, Nobles, and Missionaries: the French in the North of Brazil, 1612-1615

Silvia C. Shannon,  St. Anselm University
Comment: Leslie Choquette, Assumption College

5:45-7:00; Reception

McNeil Center for Early American Studies
3619 Locust Walk, University of Pennsylvania Campus
(click here for map | click here for building view)

Terrace Room, Logan Hall, University of Pennsylvania Campus

(click here for map | click here for building view)
10:00-10:30: Registration
10;30-12:30: Indigenous Participation

Malinche, the Spanish, and the New Kingdom of Coatzacoalcos

Camilla Townsend, Colgate University

The Rise and Fall of Dutch Taiwan, 1624-1662

Tonio Andrade, Emory University

Native American Responses to the Portuguese (Re)Conquest of Dutch Brazil, 1654-1656

Mark Meuwese, University of Notre Dame
Comment: Jane Landers, Vanderbilt University

12:30-2:00: Lunch

2:00-4:00: Indigenous Resistance

Juan de Castellanos and the Conquistadores who Lost

Marcy Norton, George Washington University

Decadence and Decline: The Collapse of a Portuguese Mining Center in Colonial Brazil

Mary Karasch, Oakland University

From Gold Camp to Ghost Town: Bonanza Denied in the Sixteenth-Century Andean Piedmont

Kris E. Lane, College of William and Mary

Con Son: Island of Lost Empires

Marc Gilbert, North Georgia State University
Comment: Kenneth Mills, University of Toronto

4:00-4:15: Coffee Break

4:15-5:45; Three Atlantic Worlds

Senegambia, 1763-1781: A British Colony in West Africa after the Seven Years War

Christopher Brown, The Johns Hopkins University

Empire Ex Nihilo: French Ambition and Acadian Labor in the Caribbean, 1762-1767

Christopher G. Hodson, Northwestern University

‘Neglected as an Abandoned People?’: Forging Loyalty and Identity in the Lost Colonies of Eighteenth-Century Illinois

Bob Morrissey, Yale University
Comment: John R. McNeill, Georgetown University
5:45-6:00: Closing Remarks
Alison Games, Georgetown University