This Workshop focuses on the early colonial period in New England (1600-1700), with an emphasis on the role of geography and place. Participants will engage with maps and other primary sources, explore the colonial New England landscape and learn from scholars at a variety of historic sites, universities, and archival collections. Maps are one of the few visual sources from the early colonial period. A close look at the language and perspective on maps reveals how New England was viewed in the European imagination, early contact and conflict with Native Americans and how English settlers began to form a new identity for themselves, connected to and apart from that of Native Americans.
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