Cornell University

The Maritime Indians: Indigenous-European Encounters in the Late-Eighteenth-Century Caribbean

Monday, April 22, 2013 at 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Uris Hall, 202

Co-sponsored by Latin American Studies Program, Latino Studies Program, COmmittee on U.S. - Latin American Relations

Ernesto Bassi obtained his PhD in history at the University of California, Irvine, in June 2012. He holds a BA in Economics from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, a Masters in Latin American History from the University of London's Institute of Latin American Studies in London, United Kingdom, and a Masters in History of the Hispanic World from the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid, Spain.

His work explores the connections between Caribbean Colombia and the Caribbean and Atlantic worlds during the Age of Revolutions (1759-1850). He is interested in understanding the commercial, political, cutlural, and personal links that connected British, Spanish, French, and Dutch in the configuration of a trans-imperial space - the Greater Caribbean - and in the development of its inhabitants' geopolitical imagination.

Ernesto has published articles that explore econoic, social, political, and cultural aspects of Caribbean Colombia during the eighteenth and nieteenth centuries. They inlcude "Raza, clase y lealtades politicas durante las guerras de independencia en los provincias de Cartagena y Santa Marta", in Gustavo Bell Lemus (ed.), La region y sus origenes (Bogota, 2007) and (with Alberto Abello) "Un Caribe por fuera de la ruta de la plantacion", in Alberto Abello (ed.), Un Caribe sin Plantacion (San Andres, Colombia, 2006)

He has been a lecturer at the Universidad de los Andes, where he taught courses on the Wars of Independence in Latin America and History of the Caribbean, and at the University of California, Irvine, where he taught, "Conquest and Colonization in Latin America" and "The Atlantic World suring the Age of Revolutions." He just joined Cornell's History Department as an Assistant Professor.

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