This one-day Workshop examined the practices and theories of people’s engagement with the land: the forms and consequences of land distribution in conquered territories; the different meanings of possession, tenancy, and usufruct; the conflicts among and transformations in European concepts and practices of land management in the Americas; the passion of individual Europeans for free ownership of land in the Americas; and the role of available land overseas in Britain's "Great Divergence."
Bernard Bailyn, Harvard University
Allan Greer, University of Toronto
"Feudal North America"
10:45-11:00 a.m. Break
Stuart Banner, University of California, Los Angeles
"Manhattan for $24: Interpreting Indian Land Transactions of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries"
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Rebecca Horn, University of Utah
"A Patchwork in the Countryside: Nahua and Spanish Land Tenure Practices in Central New Spain"
12:45-2:00 p.m. Lunch
Claire Priest, Northwestern University
"Understanding the End of Entail: Information, Institutions, and Slavery in the American Revolutionary Period"
Lauri Tähtinen, University of Cambridge
"Views of Land among the Jesuits and Amerindians in Sixteenth-Century Brazil"
3:30-3:45 p.m. Break
Faren Siminoff, Nassau Community College
"Creating Atlantic America: Transforming Land to Property in the Seventeenth-Century Southern New England Basin"
5:00-7:00 p.m. Reception