Think about how you learned history in school. Did people or things tend to just teleport from one content to another without any explanation of how they got there, or why they departed or arrived by that route, or what the voyage meant to them? Certainly not all histories neglect the sea, but enough do that to make an effort to reorient the way you think about aquatic spaces can radically alter how you analyze a historic place or process that you thought you understood.
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I went to Liberia looking for quilts. Admittedly, it was an unusual search in a country built nearly on the equator in West Africa. Nestled in between Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Ivory Coast, Liberia’s landscape ranges from beach to mountainous rainforests. The climate is similar in temperature and humidity to a hot, steamy bath with… MORE
Beginning in 1845, a potato famine ravaged Ireland’s agricultural landscape and devastated the Irish people. When potato blight started destroying Ireland’s primary subsistence crop in 1845, it quickly spread throughout the island nation and left many Irish peasants starving. During the nineteenth century, Ireland was a predominately rural society in which most citizens rented land… MORE