Event—Public Programming

Circles and Squares: Natives and Colonists and Maps

Alan Shaw Taylor

Alan Shaw Taylor

Alan Shaw Taylor

Catawba deerskin map, 18th Century, Image from Library of Congress 2005625337

Examining a map made by natives of the Carolina backcountry in 1721 reveals efforts to understand and adapt to colonial trade and settlement.

Join us as Alan Shaw Taylor explores the contrast between settler and native ways of understanding the environment and intercultural diplomacy. This exchange of view helps to restore native peoples, and their diplomacy, to center place in colonial history.

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Alan Taylor is Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair of History at the University of Virginia. Two of his seven books have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic (1996) and The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia: 1772-1832 (2014). His most recent work is American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 (2016).

Cosponsored with the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Illinois in partnership with the University of Illinois History Department.

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