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Neil Kennedy

Associate Professor
Department of History
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1C 5S7
Room: A-4076
Phone: (709) 864-8968


  • Ph.D. in Atlantic History, University of Western Ontario
  • M.A. in American Colonial History, The Johns Hopkins University
  • M.A. in Historical Archaeology, The College of William and Mary
  • B.A. in Anthropology and History, University of Toronto

Research Interest

As a specialist in seventeenth-century Bermuda and the Caribbean, my research interests encompass all of the Atlantic Islands, with a particular interest in credit and reputation in the English Atlantic, and with illicit trade in the Caribbean, particularly illicit Anglo-Dutch commerce. I am also engaged in projects exploring remigration, unfree mariners, the Atlantic salt trade, and shipbuilding and inshore fishing in early Bermuda.


I have been involved with archaeological projects in Bermuda, the Dutch West Indies, Central Canada and the United States, working with or for the College of William and Mary, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Dutch National Park Service, the Ladies Hermitage Association (Tennessee), the Bermuda Government, the Bermuda National Trust, and the Bermuda Maritime Museum. These projects have engaged my interests in colonial European material culture, plantation, slavery, and First Nations archaeology.

Current Projects

My current research orientation includes two parallel ventures, one of which is to explore the seventeenth-century ecological history of Bermuda in relation to the impact of the colony's maritime orientation and the other is an exploration of the colony's credit and debt records as those networks of affiliation and obligation both sustained the island's carrying trade and substituted for the relative lack of political elaboration in early Bermuda.

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