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VIRTUAL Distinguished Speaker Series | The Last Turtlemen of the Caribbean: Labor, Conservation, and Boundary Making from the Cayman Islands to Key West

4-February from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Virtual Distinguished Speaker Series | The Last Turtlemen of the Caribbean: Labor, Conservation, and Boundary Making from the Cayman Islands to Key West

Thursday, February 4th, from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

In her talk “The Last Turtlemen of the Caribbean: Labor, Conservation, and Boundary Making from the Cayman Islands to Key West,” Sharika Crawford discusses the entangled histories of peoples and commodities that circulated across the greater Caribbean, which connected places like Key West to the Cayman Islands and further south toward Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The story of the humble turtle and its hunter, Dr. Crawford argues, came to play a significant role in shaping the maritime boundaries of the modern Caribbean. Focusing on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, she traces and connects the expansion of turtle hunting to matters of race, labor, political, and economic change, and the natural environment.

In addition to the talk, the Society will also be giving away several copies of Sharika Crawford’s book, The Last Turtlemen of the Caribbean: Waterscapes of Labor, Conservation, and Boundary Making. To enter your name into the drawing, please email Kassandra Collett at kcollett@kwahs.org. Winners will be announced at the end of the talk and notified by email that they have won.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Sharika D. Crawford is associate professor of history at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Her scholarship focuses on Latin America, the circum-Caribbean, and the West African nation of Ghana. Recently, her book The Last Turtlemen of the Caribbean: Labor, Conservation, and Boundary Making was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2020. Several institutions generously funded the research and writing of this book. These include the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH), the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, the American Philosophical Society, and the United States Naval Academy.

Photo Credit:

A series of photos showing how the Green Turtle was caught and shipped to the Turtle Kraals in Key West. From the Key West Art and Historical Society Collection.

Sponsored in part by The Helmerich Trust, Lee Garrison, and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

Details

Date:
February 4
Time:
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Key West Art & Historical Society