East India Company to Fort Cormantine, 11 July 1662, box 86, folder 74, India Office Records, Letter Books.
The East India Company in Another World:
An Indo-Atlantic Perspective on the 17th British Slave Trade
Abstract: A study of the East India Company and slavery in Atlantic contexts, this project seeks to challenge the notion of distinct Atlantic and Indian Ocean worlds, by following the EIC’s movement and involvement in the “Atlantic world”, and by examining how the company actively moved slave labor between their holdings in India, the Guinea Coast and St. Helena.
Preparation: In August 2015, I received a Kemp/ Bank of America Scholarship to conduct three weeks of archival research in the British Library and National Archives at Kew. This trip was focused on British joint-stock chartered companies on the West African Coast from 1630-1670, with a particular focus on the East India Company and how their attitudes and policies towards Africans and human cargo compared to those the Royal African Company. This research necessitated extensive secondary source research and culminated with a 5000 word report, with a works referenced list of 40+ secondary sources. In April 2016, I presented a poster on my summer research at Davidson College’s Social Science Poster Fair.
Relevant Coursework: HIS 168: Pre-modern African History, HIS 366: Slavery and Africa, HIS 302: Early African-American History, HIS 378: Gender, Sex and Power in South Asia, and HIS 467: African Families.