Mass Historical Society: Constructing Castle William: An Intimate History of Labor and Empire in Provincial America


Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 5:15pm to 7:30pm


Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02215

Jared Hardesty, Western Washington UniversityComment: Eliga H. Gould, University of New Hampshire

This seminar will examine the tumultuous construction of Castle William, a fort meant to protect Boston Harbor. Begun in 1701, this five-year project was fraught with corruption, labor strife, supply shortages, ineptitude, and tension between colonial desires and imperial ambition. Hardesty will explore the fort as a microcosm of imperial reform and as a lens into post-Glorious Revolution attempts to build empire in Massachusetts and other mainland colonies.

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