Beaver Wars Mourning Wars

Two ideas, the Beaver Wars and the Mourning Wars, have defined the way we think of the Franco-Iroquoian conflicts of the sixteenth-century. Which is better?

Atlantic World

A look into the history of the Atlantic World, and the way historians use the Atlantic World paradigm to reinvent the way we think about the past.

Bartolomé de Las Casas

Bartolomé de las Casas is one of the most fascinating people in history. He started his life in the Americas as a slaveholder, before having a religious experience and becoming one of the biggest proponents of Native American rights in the wake of European colonization.

Amerigo Vespucci

After sailing the east coast of South America for years, Amerigo Vespucci and his name became attached to the continent he explored.


Empires, from ancient to modern, have sought to justify their conquests, using buzzwords form ‘Christianity’ to ‘civilization’ to ‘democracy.’

French Empire

The history of New France and the French empire was dominated by French missionaries, who acted as an arm of the French empire – though perhaps unknowingly.

English Empire

Before the English can to the Americas, they experimented with creating and managing an empire in Ireland.


Jesuits who never met and lived thousands of miles apart described Native American spiritual beliefs in the same way. Jesui-what?!

Darien Scheme

In an attempt to save their bankrupt kingdom, the Scottish launched the Darien Scheme – a plan to colonize the east coast of Panama. Unfortunately for the Scots, the colony went the same way as Trump Steaks.

Casta System

The casta system of race evolved in New Spain, invented to keep the colonizing Spanish at the top of an evovling social hierarchy.