Myers, Nicholas: Travel Grant - 2017-2018

College of Arts and Sciences
Project Title: 
Historical Militarization of the Mexico-U.S. Borderlands
Project Abstract: 
Militarization of the Mexico-U.S. borderlands has drawn increasing attention in recent years. Militarization of the region, however, began long before the presence of an international border. In the mid to late eighteenth century, the construction of a so-called “presidial line” by the Spanish colonial military apparatus represented both a proto-border and an early militarization of a peripheral and recalcitrant space. Drawing on colonial documents, this project investigates the construction of the presidial line, via both its impetus and its effects on those occupying the region. In so doing, it seeks to challenge the concept of “borderlands” as a meeting place of cultural and political entities and reconstruct a unique and cohesive historical geography.