Slavery in the U.S. is a central topic in many of the Wilderness novels.  ‘The Freeman family, headed by , manumitted slaves, along with their children and grandchildren, play pivotal roles in the entire series.

The Dutch Slave Trade in New Amsterdam

From Wikipedia:

The enslavement of African people in the United States began in New York as part of the Dutch slave trade.Read more.

Luke Scott Bonner

Luke Scott Bonner was born in 1776  to Giselle Somerville, the daughter of Lord Bainbridge, lieutenant governor of Lower Canada, at her home in Montreal.  Because she was not married, her father took the infant away to be raised by Giselle’s mother.… Read more.