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Virtual Lecture – Encountering Hurricanes in Colonial British America

Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture

Time: 7:00 pm (EST)

Hurricanes were a new phenomenon for Europeans when they arrived in the New World, but they quickly became a defining (and terrifying) feature of the life in colonial British America.  This was especially the case for colonists who ventured to the Caribbean and the southeastern mainland coast. This lecture with Matt Mulcahy of Loyola University will explore the English encounter with hurricanes, their impact on the development of colonial societies, how colonists made sense of these events, and what accommodations they made in response to the storms over time. The focus will be on colonies like Jamaica, Barbados, and South Carolina, but will also consider early hurricanes in Maryland and Virginia.

Registration required.

Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members, Military, and HA Docents


Can’t watch the lecture live? We invite you to register; all registrants will receive a link to the recording of the lecture to watch at their convenience. The lecture recording will be available for two weeks. Live closed captioning is available for all lectures.

This lecture will be offered virtually by Zoom. Upon registration, you will be sent the link for the video conference to join on the evening of the lecture. To learn more about Zoom and to download the app to your computer, visit the Zoom website. Questions about Zoom for the Virtual Lecture Series should be directed to


About Our Presenter: Matt Mulcahy is a professor of history at Loyola University Maryland.  He was raised in Haverford Township, PA.  He graduated from Macalester College in 1990, worked for two years at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, and returned to the Twin Cities for graduate school. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1999 and started teaching at Loyola that same year. His first book, Hurricanes and Society in the British Greater Caribbean, 1624-1783, was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 2006. A paperback edition was published in 2008. His second book Hubs of Empire: The Southeastern Lowcountry and British Caribbean, was also published with Johns Hopkins. He is the co-author a new book entitled Sea and Land: An Environmental History of the Caribbean (Oxford University Press, 2022). 

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