Little Birds

This novel, set in 1858 in New Mexico Territory, serves as a bridge between the Wilderness series of novels and the first two novels of the Waverly Place series.

Backstory: 1845

Callie Ballentyne is a young girl when her life is upended and she must leave the only home she knows.… Read more.

Irish Immigration

From The History Place:
“Throughout the Potato Famine years, nearly a million Irish arrived in the United States. Famine immigrants were the first big wave of poor refugees ever to arrive in the U.S. and Americans were simply overwhelmed. Upon arrival in America, the Irish found the going to be quite tough.… Read more.

Castle Garden

Castle Clinton or Fort Clinton, once known as Castle Garden, is a circular sandstone fort now located in Battery Park, in Manhattan, New York City. It is perhaps best remembered as America’s first immigration station (predating Ellis Island), where more than 8 million people arrived in the U.S.

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Jack Mezzanotte***


Giancarlo Mezzanotte (known generally as Jack) was born February 1, 1847 in Livorno, Italy to . He immigrated with his family as a child, but returned to Italy to study law at Padua as a young man.

He has been employed by the New York Police Department since age 23.… Read more.

Colonizers and Immigrants: New York

The Dutch were the first to colonize what is now called Manhattan Island.[1]There is a great deal of information available about New Amsterdam, including detailed maps. See for example . In September 1664 the English invaded and claimed the Dutch colony.… Read more.