Analytical framework

IN THE SAME SEA begins from the premise that the integration of the islands of the Lesser Antilles emerged through the interplay between people and their environments. Moving on from this understanding of space, we address the question of how spatial formations emerge and obtain specificity and duration.

Zodiac, c. 1540s (Battista Agnese), courtesy of the John Carter Brown Library The pine apple, c. 1750 (Georg Dionysius Ehret); courtesy of the John Carter Brown Library A cudgelling match between English and French Negroes in the Island of Dominica, 1779 (Agostino Brunias); courtesy of Yale Center for British Art

To tackle this question, we approach the history of the Lesser Antilles as a matter of scale, entanglement, and friction created by islanders in action. It is through the specific combination and development of these concepts that IN THE SAME SEA offers a new broad analytical template for working historically with spatial processes. The broadness is important because it allows us to analyze the many socio-spatial processes involved when worlds are made and remade.