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Michael Bennett

Dr Michael Bennett is a Society for Renaissance Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Sheffield. He is a historian who is broadly interested in early modern England's relationship with Caribbean slavery during the seventeenth century. His PhD, completed at Sheffield in 2020, provided the first systematic study of the London merchants who financed the development of sugar plantations and African slavery in Barbados during the 1640s and 1650s. Beyond his own research, Michael is currently also engaged in projects investigating the colonial past of Somerset House and Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals in Central London. He is excited by the methods used in the Viae Regiae project, and is keen to see whether they could be used in future to geotag seventeenth-century maps of Barbados and Jamaica.

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