Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Avery Esford

MA Candidate
Era of Colonialism in North America 



B.A. (Hons) History, Queen’s University, 2020 


My research interests include the era of Colonialism in North America and the resulting cultural conflicts that erupted between European empires and Indigenous communities. I will specifically be researching the migration of the United Empire Loyalists (UEL) from the United States into the Cataraqui region and the subsequent establishment of Kingston, Ontario. I will be examining the role of UEL Captain Michael Grass who was originally born in French occupied Strasbourg c.1734 but migrated to New England c.1752. Captain Grass was increasingly confronted by the struggle for empire and his entanglement with both the British and French sheds light on the complexity of cultural clashes. My research project will be supervised by Dr. Scott Berthelette whose area of expertise includes Indigenous histories, the Métis, New France, and Hudson’s Bay Company. Dr. Berthelette also introduced me to the genre of ‘New Biography’, a literary style that teases out an individual’s experiences to demonstrate broader historical trends.