Empire of Learning: Natural Scientists and Caribbean Slavery in the Seventeenth-Century English Atlantic 31 July 2013.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Eric Otremba, Macalester College

This project examines confluences between the scientific and progressive ideas associated with the early English Enlightenment and the concurrent proliferation of Caribbean slave plantations. Through a study of sugar plantations, it demonstrates how both slavery and the Enlightenment shared common roots within the expansionist discourse of natural science in the late seventeenth century.