Current Project/Abstract

Nathan’s current project is his dissertation, tentatively titled “Clashing New Englands: Identity and the Parallel Geographies of Algonquian and English New England, 1600-1730.” This dissertation will explore the differences and relationship between the two parallel geographies which Algonquians and English experienced and contemplated in seventeenth-century New England. Additionally, the dissertation will probe the ways that English and Algonquian attempts to understand and organize themselves spatially were an essential part of their identity formation. How communities decided to represent themselves on a map, whom to expel from their physical communities, and whom to admit tied people’s identities to the land and marked who could be Algonquian or English. By connecting geography to identity, this project aims to emphasize an often overlooked central facet of identity formation in colonial New England.