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Midwestern State University
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early America, Caribbean, Atlantic world, urban, environmental
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About Me

Mary Draper is a historian of early America and the Atlantic world, particularly interested in the history of the British Caribbean, its ports and coastal environs, and the region’s connections to the North American mainland in the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries.

Her book manuscript, Tropical Metropolis: Urban Environments in the Early Modern British Caribbean, recovers how the Caribbean’s urban residents—from colonial officials and merchants to turtlers and enslaved pilots—amassed environmental knowledge to develop, defend, and sustain their volatile coastlines.

Having earned her BA from Rice University, she earned her MA and PhD from the University of Virginia.  She is an Assistant Professor of History at Midwestern State University.

Recent Publications

Timbering and Turtling: The Maritime Hinterlands of Early Modern British Caribbean Cities,” Early American Studies 15, no. 4 (Fall 2017): 769-800.

The Man who was Buried Twice,” The Appendix, October 7, 2014

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua, colonial North America, Atlantic world
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Caribbean, North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, American Founding Era, Colonialism, Environment, Slavery