Research topics

The team of IN THE SAME SEA works collaboratively with five research themes. Exploring these themes, allow us to answer questions about the movement of people, goods, and ideas, in short resources, between the islands of the Lesser Antilles.

John Gordon, free man of color, Antigua, 1820s (Trelawney Wentworth); courtesy of Tortoise Hunting, French West Indies, 17th century; courtesy of the John Carter Brown library Whip used to punished enslaved people, made of twisted animal skin, 1800s; courtesy of Danish National Museum Two women chatting by the Sea, St. Thomas, 1856 (Camille Pissarro)-wikimedia-commons View of a hurricane in the Antilles, 1783; courtesy of The John Carter Brown Library

Resources gained from neighboring islands included fresh food and fresh water, new ideas and rumors, rapid aid in the face of rebellion or natural disaster, access to the embodied expertise of ritual healers, medical caretakers, and rebellious leaders, knowledge of easily adaptable legal and managerial practices designed to maintain slavery, and, naturally, the reliable support of family members, friends, and resistant collaborators living nearby, across the sea.