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      Bermuda and the Bahamas After the American Revolution

      Join us to hear Ross Nedervelt, the 2023 Frances E. Malamy Fellow at PEM’s Phillips Library, present the findings of his research project: “Loyalism, Privateering, and American Sovereignty in the Atlantic Border-sea, 1783-1815.”

      Between 1783 and 1819, the newly independent United States fought a series of skirmishes with Britain over control of the islands of Bermuda and the Bahamas. American loyalists and British military occupying the islands created a military and cultural bulwark to defend against the nascent United States, thwarting the new country’s endeavors to expand its commercial influence into the colonies of the British Caribbean. In the decades following the American Revolution, the British government remade Bermuda from a commercial hub into the Royal Navy’s staging ground for the assault on Washington, D.C. during the War of 1812.

      The Phillips Library Frances E. Malamy Research Fellowship program, funded by the Malamy family, awards $5,500 to one recipient each year to perform independent research for three months at the library located in Rowley, Massachusetts.

      About the speaker

      Ross Nedervelt

      Ross Nedervelt

      Ross Nedervelt is an adjunct history professor at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. His in-progress monograph, presently titled “The Border-seas of a New British Empire: Security, Imperial Reconstitution, and the British Atlantic Islands in the Age of the American Revolution,” examines the transformative impact of the American Revolution on the British Atlantic colonies of Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, and their strategic importance for both British and American security between 1775 and 1824. Previously published works include “Caught between Realities: The American Revolution, the Continental Congress, and Political Turmoil in the Bahama Islands,” in the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, and “Securing the Borderlands/seas in the American Revolution: The Spanish-American Association and Regional Security against the British Empire” in Spain and the American Revolution: New Approaches and Perspectives.

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