Pauline Maier Early American History Seminar Constructing Castle William: An Intimate History of Labor and Empire in Provincial America 5 April 2016.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Jared Hardesty, Western Washington University Comment: Eliga H. Gould, University of New Hampshire

This seminar will examine the tumultuous construction of Castle William, a fort meant to protect Boston Harbor. Begun in 1701, this five-year project was fraught with corruption, labor strife, supply shortages, ineptitude, and tension between colonial desires and imperial ambition. Hardesty will explore the fort as a microcosm of imperial reform and as a lens into post-Glorious Revolution attempts to build empire in Massachusetts and other mainland colonies.