Mark Millard

Thesis title: “Pathways Through the Woods: Diplomacy and American Indian Treaties 1690-1784”

My research interests are concerned with cross-cultural encounters between the English/British, and the Native peoples of the Americas. In particular I focus on Native agency, the limits of intercultural understanding and the use of interdisciplinary approaches to better represent indigenous perspectives. I completed my first degree with the Open University, graduating with a 2:1 BSc (Hons) degree in International Studies (2012). I then graduated with a Research Masters in History from the University of Plymouth (2017). My thesis was entitled ‘The English Settlement of St Christopher’ and focused on St Kitts, the first permanent English settlement in the Caribbean. It demonstrated the significant Native contribution to the early viability of the colony through the supply of food, knowledge, and cleared land. My doctoral research will focus on eighteenth century treaties between the Haudenosaunee and the English/British, seeking to move beyond a narrative of Native declension, to portray an indigenous node of power that exerted significant influence in shaping early America.