Event—Scholarly Seminars

“Caribbean Natives and the Age of Revolution: The Case of St Vincent”


“Caribbean Natives in the Age of Revolution” examines the role that indigenous people and Afro-natives played in the wars and rebellions that rocked the Caribbean-basin in the final quarter of the eighteenth century with particular attention to St Vincent. The paper analyzes Kalinago and Black Carib efforts to live under British rule, two Afro-Native rebellions, and the exile of the Black Caribs to Central America at the end of the century. Ultimately, the chapter, like the larger book project from which it is drawn, argues that the early modern and Revolutionary Caribbean needs to be understood as a space in which native people were both present and important actors who shaped regional geopolitics, culture, and society to a greater extent than has been previously appreciated.

Nathaniel Millett is an Associate Professor of History at Saint Louis University. He teaches courses in American and World History and has a Ph.D. in History from Cambridge University, St. Catharine's College. His book, The Maroons of Prospect Bluff and Their Quest for Freedom in the Atlantic World, was published by the University Press of Florida in 2013.