Mapping a New World: Places of Conflict and Colonization in 17th-Century New England





July 12-16, 2021; July 26-30, 2021 Length: 1 Week


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience




Participants will explore the history and landscape of 1600s New England, with an emphasis on the role of geography and place. This is an opportunity to engage deeply with the region by visiting and learning at major historical landmarks such as the site of Plymouth colony, the city of Boston with its deep connections to Native American history, and museums and libraries that together house collections and exhibitions that bring to life this complex story of land, power, identity, and community.

Teachers will engage with leading scholars and primary source materials, including period maps, letters, land deeds, and narratives that are grounded in their geographic location. These materials illuminate how the different ways and perspectives with which English settlers and multifaceted Native communities viewed the New England region shaped their relationships and interactions throughout the 1600s.

Project Director(s)

Michelle LeBlanc; Elisabeth Nevins

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Robert Allison; Paul Grant-Costa; Elizabeth James-Perry; Garrett Dash Nelson; Chris Newell

Grantee Institution

Leventhal Map and Education Center at Boston Public Library