Spring 2019 - HIST 448 D100

STT-Scots in the Atlantic World (Inactive) (4)

Class Number: 3949

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Tue, 1:30–5:20 p.m.



An introduction to the history of Scottish migration to North America from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Key topics will include native/newcomer relationships, imperialism, slavery, settlement, colonial development, North American identities, and the broader context of Scottish immigration throughout the globe.


This course explores the history of Scots in the Atlantic World during the era of the “first” British empire (ca. 1550–1783), highlighting Scottish involvement in the key areas of transatlantic trade (slaves, sugar, tobacco, and furs), in the establishment of settlement colonies in North America, in imperial warfare, and in colonial and military administration. Topics for this course include: the ideological, economic, and political contexts of European and British expansion in the early modern period; the failure of Scottish colonial ventures in the seventeenth century (with an emphasis on the Darien venture to present-day Panama); Scottish emigration to the Americas in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; encounters with Indigenous peoples; the North American fur trade; the transatlantic slave trade; Scottish involvement in the British military; and Enlightenment science and the New World.

*Note: This course fulfills the Group 1 Europe requirement of the History Major and will count towards the Concentration in British and Irish History.


  • Seminar participation 25%
  • Website project: Scots and Indigenous peoples 20%
  • Fur trade journal critical analysis 15%
  • Essay proposal and annotated bibliography 10%
  • Research Essay 30%
  • Grading subject to change



Readings will be made available online or through the library

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html