This course is a sophomore seminar in history; topics vary per semester. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.
What is the origin story of how Americans interacted with the peoples and places of the Pacific? This course examines the history of Early Americans and the United States in the Pacific Ocean from the early modern period to the Commodore Perry's Expedition to Japan. The annexation of California in 1846 or the Spanish-American War of 1898 have long symbolized the American "arrival" in the Pacific, but Americans engaged with the Pacific World long before then. This course explores that long history through the stories of American merchants, whalers, traders, sailors, and explorers and their encounters with Native Americans, Asians, and the Pacific Islanders.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU Hum; BU IS; AS HUM; FA HUM; AR HUM