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Civic Traditions in the Atlantic World: Bristol and London – Mercantile Hubs of the Seventeenth Century

By • Sep 27th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The second week of my research took me to the two greatest port towns in England’s seventeenth-century commercial world. London was by far and away the largest and busiest English port, but Bristol was also a key mercantile center, especially for the Atlantic trade as the century progressed. As a result there were inevitably more […]



Civic Traditions in the Atlantic World: A Week With Provincial Town Records

By • Sep 18th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Having completed a week of my research in the UK, it is perhaps time for an update. Thus far I have visited records offices in Hull, Matlock, Bedford, and Portsmouth.  When working with seventeenth-century records one always expects to encounter gaps and omissions, and even problems with the physical quality of the surviving material, and […]



Civic Traditions in the Atlantic World: Research in the UK during Sept 2010

By • Sep 6th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My name is Paul Musselwhite, and I’m a doctoral candidate in the History department at William and Mary. Over the next three weeks I will be undertaking archival research across the UK as part of my dissertation and I plan to update this blog with some of the interest details I uncover. But before I […]