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Sharika D. Crawford
United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD 21402-1300)
Contested Commons: Circular Migration and State Rights in the Spanish Circum-Caribbean

This project studies the circular migration of Caymanian turtle fishermen in the Spanish circum-Caribbean between 1850 and 1950. In particular, the study examines how multiple states (e.g. Colombia, Nicaragua, Spanish imperial, British colonial, and United States) responded to the turtlemen and what state actions reveal about concerns for territorial rights and mobile maritime resources. What claims did turtlemen make that threatened state authority over maritime resources, and why did state authorities take their actions seriously? What were the fundamental issues about territorial rights and maritime resources at stake? Finally, what can we learn about the role of migrants in either sustaining or disrupting claims to state authority?

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Project fields:
Latin American History

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 7/31/2013