Maritime historian David Abulafia discusses how Portuguese settlers in the fifteenth century created societies on previously uninhabited land, how the discovery of the Americas affected these islands and how the islands affected the history of the Americas. Watch the lecture here.
Apply now for a fellowship at the JCB to research any aspect of the Americas in the early modern period through the Library's collections. The application deadline for short- and long-term fellowships is December 1, 2017, although applications will be accepted through December 15.
From its foundational core of Americana purchased in 1846, the JCB Library has always been a global collection. As we acquire new books, maps, and prints, we pay close attention to broader connections. This exhibition demonstrates that there are many worlds – and not just American ones – beneath the surface of our extraordinary collection.