Empire, Trees, and Climate in the North Atlantic: Towards Critical Dendro-Provenancing
In the early to mid-nineteenth century, British North America was an integral site in Britain's trans-Atlantic trade of timber, fish, sugar, rum, and molasses with the West Indies. Known today as eastern Canada, the region's forests and watersheds were transformed into the modern world system as the Crown secured lands and timber rights during the Napoleonic Wars. Considering that British North American timber was integral to ship-building, imperial infrastructure (dockyards, fortifications, government buildings), and maritime supremacy in the age of sail, the project's research team will integrate archival and museum research, dendro-provenancing (e.g. analysis of tree ring widths of historic buildings and shipwrecks), and visualizing techniques using GIS in order to uncover important insights into climatic conditions, and forest resource use, of the past. The interdisciplinary team is partnering with the National Museum of Bermuda, the Department of Conservation Services (Government of Bermuda), and the Bermuda National Trust.
30 Nov -0001
Social Sciences And Humanities Research Council Of Canada Insight Development Grant