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Trevor Bryant


I am a recipient of the summer Foreign Language Acquisition Scholarship (FLAS) and the Henry J. Voegtle Research Fellowship. I study how, during the eighteenth century, Africans and their descendants traveled across territorial boundaries in Cuba and Spanish Florida while colonial officials used the Bourbon Reforms to police such movement in order to sever trans-mobile relations and instill a localized identity on them. My dissertation argues that Africans and their descendants adapted to evolving ideas of imperial identity, shaped by the Bourbon Reforms, by utilizing colonial officials’ terminology in legal documents in order to continue establishing communities across territorial boundaries.