• Settler Science in New Brunswick: The Brydone Jack Observatory and the Invention of European Sovereignty

    Richard Yeomans New Brunswick’s western border with the state of Maine has long been one of the most contested geopolitical terrains in North America. After the end of the American Revolution, and the partition of New Brunswick from the British colony of Nova Scotia, early loyalist settlers and colonial officials laboured to establish concrete claims… Continue Reading

  • What Peter Fidler Didn’t Report

    George Colpitts Note: This is the third in a series on environmental history and early modern history cross-posted with  NiCHE, the Network in Canadian History & Environment. Peter Fidler was going where few Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) traders had gone in the summer of 1800: the South Branch territories of present-day southern Saskatchewan and Alberta. He was to… Continue Reading

  • We Will All Be Early Moderns

    Anya Zilberstein Note: This is the second in a series on environmental history and early modern history cross-posted with  NiCHE, the Network in Canadian History & Environment. Environmental historians of the 20th and 21st centuries should be early modernists. That’s because, just like present and presentism, the non-specialist definition of modern (not to say modernity, modernism, and their posterior… Continue Reading