Author: Nicolas Bell-Romero

Nicolas Bell-Romero recently completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History at the University of Sydney, supervised by Associate Professor Michael McDonnell. His thesis was titled: “Refugees of War: Understanding ‘Loyalism’ in Virginia during the American Revolution, 1774-1783”; and focused on ordinary Virginians in the Loyalist Claims Commission records, and their experiences trying to navigate the destructive conflict raging throughout the thirteen colonies. Nico’s research interests also include the politicization of memory in Great Britain, and the nature of Loyalism during the long eighteenth century. He is presently hoping to pursue his PhD in Australia or the United Kingdom.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events: Chichester Cheyne’s Revolutionary War, 1778-1783

In March 1778, George Washington, the commander-in-chief of the Continental army, was in winter quarters with his men at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; Capt. James Cook was exploring the Pacific northwest of North America; and Voltaire, the famous French philosopher, was crowned as a poet laureate in Paris. But Chichester Cheyne, a fifteen-year-old Virginian, gave little […]

by Nicolas Bell-Romero