Professor Mirow will speak in England next month on topics related to the legal history of colonial Spanish Florida. The talk in Oxford, “Translating in Stone: The Monument to the Constitution of Cadiz in St. Augustine, Florida (1813-1814),” will place Florida’s unique monument to the constitution into legal, constitutional, and political context. The talk is part of a conference of the University of Oxford’s Interdisciplinary Research Network Translations in Transnational Context. Mirow is one of 17 speakers from around the world and only one of two invited from the United States to present at the conference.
The talk in Cambridge, “Law and Constitution in Spanish St. Augustine, 1783-1821,” addresses his attempts to reconstruct the legal and constitutional world of the city from primary sources, especially the East Florida Papers held in the Library of Congress. The talk is part of the University of Cambridge Centre of Latin American Studies’ Easter Term Research Seminar.
“I’m really happy to share my ideas about Florida’s colonial legal history with Latin Americanists in England. We often forget that Florida has been Spanish longer than it has been part of the United States and that East Florida was the fourteenth loyal British colony from 1763 to 1783. This gave the city and region a wonderfully mixed and complex population. I’m interested in how law worked in this environment. Although my focus is legal history, this work engages the scholarly community and all communities seeking to understand legal pluralism in pluralistic societies. There are interesting parallels between St. Augustine two hundred years ago and Miami today,” said Mirow.