Building a British Empire: Catholic Constituencies in the North Atlantic, 1780-1830
Thursday, March 10, 1-2 p.m.
Description: Catholics are often overlooked as participants in Britain’s imperial program because of the pervasive culture of anti-Catholicism that they confronted in the home nations of the United Kingdom. Yet, in various locations across the north Atlantic they represented very large or majority populations. This presentation will explore how Scottish and Irish Catholics in places like Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island, Newfoundland, and Trinidad accessed levels of privilege as Britons that were previously unattainable, and how this enabled them to become active contributors to the process of British colonization.
Bio: Karly Kehoe is a Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canadian Studies at St. Mary’s University, where she is also Chair of the Gorsebrook Research Centre. Dr. Kehoe is the President of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. Currently she is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of History at Memorial.
Presented by Department of History