University of Wisconsin–Madison

Caroline Jackson

Advisors: James Sweet, Suzanne Desan, and Pablo Gómez



My current research is focused on a particular family, the Duports, who were active in the late seventeenth century. The core of the family is made up of three brothers, Abraham, Stephen, and Simon, who, together, created networks which spanned La Rochelle, London, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Newfoundland, the Antilles, the Leeward Islands, and Africa’s slave coast (modern day Benin). I’m interested the ways that the Duport’s networks functioned, in particular the ways that the story of the Duport brothers subverts traditional assumptions about kinship and religion as prime factors in merchant organizations.


B.A., University of Georgia (2013-2016)


  • Atlantic History, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Early Modern Europe, Africa

MA Title

  • “Merchant Networks and New Atlantic History”