James Hill

James Hill

James Hill


Atlantic World; Native American/indigenous; early American; colonial Latin American history


James Hill received his Ph.D. from the College of William & Mary in 2016 and specializes in Atlantic World, Native American/indigenous, early American, and colonial Latin American history. He has published articles in Early American Studies (Winter 2014) and the Florida Historical Quarterly (Fall 2014). His dissertation, "Muskogee Internationalism in an Age of Revolution, 1763-1818," analyzes Creek and Seminole diplomacy. In particular, he focuses on their efforts to defend their territorial and political power by forging transatlantic diplomatic networks, manipulating and appropriating European concepts of sovereignty, and participating in an international diplomatic community. He has received fellowships from the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the John Carter Brown Library, the Huntington Library, the Newberry Library, and the David Library of the American Revolution.


Ph.D., History, The College of William & Mary, 2016
M.A., History, University of North Florida, 2010
B.A., History and Spanish, University of North Florida, 2008

Academic Career

Assistant Professor, Department of History
University of the Bahamas
P. O. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas


“‘Bring Them What they Lack’: Spanish-Creek Exchange and Alliance-Making in a Maritime Borderland, 1763-1784,” Early American Studies 12, no. 1 (2014), 36-67.
“New Systems, Established Traditions: Governor James Grant’s Indian Policy, 1760-1771,” Florida Historical Quarterly 93, no. 2 (2014), 133-166.

“A Voyage ‘Ill Advised’: Creeks’ and Cherokees’ Failed Attempts to Reconnect with the British Atlantic, 1790-94,” McNeil Center for Early American Studies Seminar, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (January 29, 2016).
“‘Las continuas Tropas de hombres, mugeres, y niños que baxavan’: Creek Families and Diplomatic Networks in Havana and the Florida Gulf Coast, 1763-1805,” Ethnohistory Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada (November 4-8, 2015).
“An Imagined Empire: U.S. Cartography and the Trans-Appalachian West in the Early Republic,” Fellows’ Talk, John Carter Brown Library (July 8, 2015).
“‘They can neither help themselves nor us’: The Bahamas as a Place of Refuge in the Creek and Seminole Wars, 1812-1820”, Association of Caribbean Historians Annual Meeting, Nassau, Bahamas (May 17-22, 2015).
“‘The Lying Captain’: William Augustus Bowles and Diplomatic Utility of an Indian Poser,” Ethnohistory Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana (September 11-15, 2013).
“'Father, think no more about the Spaniards’: Escochabé, Spanish Cuba, and Creek Anti-Colonial Strategies After the Seven Years' War, 1763-1781,” North American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Meeting, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (June 13-15, 2013).
“Apalachee and Anti-Colonialism: How the Creeks Used Western Florida to Obstruct U.S. Expansion, 1783-1805,” Ethnohistory Annual Meeting, Springfield, Missouri (November 7-10, 2012).
“Cowetas and Cubans: A Creek Town’s Diplomatic Ties to the Spanish, 1763-83,” Florida Historical Society Annual Meeting, Pensacola, Florida (May 20-23, 2009).



Book Reviews.

Endgame for Empire: British-Creek Relations in Georgia and Vicinity, 1763-1776, by John T. Juricek, The William & Mary Quarterly 74, no. 1 (2017), 157-162.

Adventurism and Empire: The Struggle for Mastery in the Louisiana-Florida Borderlands, by David Narrett, Journal of the Early Republic 36, no. 3 (2016), 564-566.

Slavery in Indian Country, by Christina Snyder, Journal of American Ethnic History 33, no. 1 (2013), 117-119.


“The Indian Frontier in British East Florida: Letters to Governor James Grant from Soldiers and Indian Traders at Fort St. Marks of Apalache, 1763-1784,” transcribed documents, Florida History Online, http://www.floridahistoryonline.com (2010).

“Synopsis of Official Spanish Correspondence Pertaining to Relations with the Yuchis Indians, 1771-1783,” transcribed and translated documents, Florida History Online, http://www.floridahistoryonline.com (2008).

Honors & Awards

George Washington Fellow of the General Society of Colonial Wars (2015-16)
Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship, The College of William & Mary (2015-16)
Barra Dissertation Fellow, McNeil Center for Early American Studies (2014-15)
Charles H. Watts Memorial Fellow, John Carter Brown Library (2014-15)
Short-term Fellow, Huntington Library (2014-15)
Short-term Fellow, Newberry Library (2014-15, declined)
Fellow, David Library of the American Revolution (2013-14).
Recipient of John E. Selby Teaching Award, The College of William & Mary (2013)
Recipient of grant from the Granaderos y Damas de Gálvez to conduct research in Seville, Spain (2007)

Research Experience

Proficiency in Sixteenth-Century Paleography, Spanish and English


Courses Taught

Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of the Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas, 2016-
HIS 112, Bahamian History to 1838
HIS 160, U.S. History to 1877
HIS 301, Atlantic World History, 1400-1600
HIS 371, Themes and Topics in Twentieth-Century Caribbean History
HIS 400, Comparative Race Relations
Instructor, Department of History, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 2012-16
AMH 121, U.S. History to 1877
HIS 216, American History from Jamestown through the American Revolution
HIS 218, American History from the

Professional Associations

American Historical Association
American Society for Ethnohistory
Association of Caribbean Historians
McNeil Center for Early American Studies
Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

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