Environmental History Seminar An Enervating Environment: Altered Bodies in the Lowcountry and the British West Indies 17 March 2015.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Katherine Johnston, Columbia University Conevery Bolton Valencius, University of Massachusetts - Boston

Rescheduled from February 10.

This paper examines the interactions between humans and the environment in the eighteenth century. Both Britons and creoles believed in a close connection between bodies and place, and colonists tried to change the environment based on those perceptions. That interaction created concern for Caribbean inhabitants who attempted to manage the environment to promote their health while noting the environmental changes their actions caused.