In the Shadow of William Henry Seward: Relations Between Canada and the Caribbean in the 1860s

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In the Shadow of William Henry Seward: Relations Between Canada and the Caribbean in the 1860s

Monday, 4 November 2013 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Venue: 
Pavilion Room, St Antony's College
Speaker(s): 
Dr Andrew Smith (Coventry)
Convenor: 
Dr Halbert Jones
Series: 
North American Studies Seminar Series

Andrew Smith is a senior lecturer in history at Coventry University. In this presentation, Dr Smith will draw on research in Colonial Office files, Canadian archival materials, and newspaper sources to examine little-known efforts by Canada to build up a presence in the Caribbean in the 1860s. An 1866 trade mission to the British West Indies and subsequent trade negotiations represented an (ultimately unsuccessful) effort to bring two parts of the British Empire closer together. These initiatives will be compared to the policies pursued at the same time by the United States, whose interest in the region was intensifying after the end of the Civil War.