Hypergraph Representations: A Study of Carib Attacks on Colonial Forces, 1509-1700


  • Termeh Shafie University of Konstanz
  • David Schoch University of Konstanz
  • Jimmy Mans Leiden University
  • Corinne Hofman Leiden University
  • Ulrik Brandes University of Konstanz


Network Analysis, Directed Hypergraph, Centrality, Colonization, Caribbean Ethnohistory


Network data consisting of recorded historical events can be represented as hyper-graphs where the ties or events can connect any number of nodes or event related attributes. In this paper, we perform a centrality analysis of a directed hypergraph representing attacks by indigenous peoples from the Lesser Antilles on European colonial settlements, 1509–1700. The results of central attacks with respect to at- tacked colonial force, member of attack alliances, and year and location of attack are discussed and compared to a non-relational exploratory analysis of the data. This comparison points to the importance of a mixed methods approach to enhance the analysis and to obtain a complementary understanding of a network study.




How to Cite

Shafie, T., Schoch, D., Mans, J., Hofman, C. and Brandes, U. (2017) “Hypergraph Representations: A Study of Carib Attacks on Colonial Forces, 1509-1700”, Journal of Historical Network Research. Luxembourg, 1(1), pp. 52–70. vailable at: http://jhnr.uni.lu/index.php/jhnr/article/view/6 (ccessed: 25 July 2024).