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Mapping England’s Atlantic Empire (HI2E3)

Module Convenor: Professor Tim Lockley

This 15 CATS second-year option module uses maps to understand England’s expansion into the Atlantic world between c.1500 and c.1750. In 1500 England was a small country on the edge of Europe, but by 1750 it had established itself as a leading imperial power. This module traces English imperial expansion first to Ireland, then to North America and the West Indies. Map-makers accompanied colonisers and maps were used to appropriate land from indigenous peoples, tell stories of new lands to readers at home, and entice new colonists to make the voyage. Maps therefore helped to create a cartographic idea of empire, and this module will utilise maps to understand and interpret colonisation.