5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
“The Atlantic World, 1492–1860s: Definition, Theory, and Boundaries”
Aaron Fogleman, Northern Illinois University
The Atlantic World was made by contacts between Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans. It began with Columbus and ended with revolution and colonial independence, the end of the Atlantic slave trade followed by abolition, and the shift from merchant to industrial capitalism. Thereafter a radically different Atlantic world developed, with new relationships between Atlantic peoples and continents. This paper explores important aspects of these beginnings and endings and major themes that shaped Atlantic developments, from forced and free migrations to the “Columbian exchange,” to transatlantic processes of creolization and syncretic religious development, to forms of political thought that emphasized the interdependent nature of “freedom” and slavery.