30 August 2022

IN THE SAME SEA PI Gunvor Simonsen’s Public Lecture Appears in Local Press

Local newspaper The St. Thomas Source has published an article by Adisha Penn describing IN THE SAME SEA PI Gunvor Simonsen’s recent public lecture. The lecture took place on Saturday 18th June 2022, hosted by the Caribbean Genealogy Library of St. Thomas.

Gunvor spoke about her research into the strategies of escape used by enslaved people in the Lesser Antilles, with a focus on the role of small vessels such as bumboats and canoes. These small craft provided escape opportunities for women, families, and the elderly that were not available to them on larger ocean-going vessels.

The full article can be found here: 'How the Enslaved Used Canoes to Escape' by Adisha Penn

Sea side grape, 1797-1800 (Lydia Byam); courtesy of The John Carter Brown Library.