Strikes-the-Sky

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Anselme Dégre***

Anselme Dégre, also known as Father Adam O’Neill. Plays an important role in Fire Along the Sky.  Poses as a Catholic priest; not above murder and kidnapping. Based at Priest’s Town on L’île de Lamantins, .

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Slavery

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.

New Orleans

Much of Queen of Swords takes place in New Orleans just as the was ending.  This short excerpt takes place as enters the city for the first time, and alone:

Finally she turned from the levee and walked into the city itself, glad now of the shade in the narrow lanes so closely built that the sun was kept permanently at bay.
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Scotland

Annandale, Scotland and the fictional homelands of Alastair Carryck feature prominently in Dawn on a Distant Shore.

The reason I sent the Bonners to Scotland in Dawn on a Distant Shore is really quite simple or at least, it started out that way.… Read more.

Rutger’s Female College

Rutgers University — the main campus located in New Jersey — opened a college for women on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in 1867.  The college moved to  a new building at 54-58 West  55th Street in 1882 and closed in 1895.… Read more.

Ben Savard***

Jean-Benoît Savard, also called Ben, also called Waking-Bear by the Choctaw.

Son of Jean-Baptiste Savard and Amélie Savard, FWC

Amélie Savard’s parents were Joan Ahapopka, half Choctaw/half Seminole and  Manute Garang  originally of the Dinka people of the South Sudan, a slave

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Surgery, Medical Theory and Chapped Hands

 

Surgery, Medical Theory and Chapped Hands

In the 19th century the most important advance in medical science was called (at the time) Listerism.  Simply put, Joseph Lister, working with  Louis Pasteur’s advances in microbiology and the discovery that bacteria cause putrefaction and infection, came to a conclusion:  In a medical setting the first line of defense is to keep the patient isolated from all such bacterial agents.… Read more.

Anthony Comstock

Anthony Comstock was a self-proclaimed ‘Weeder in the Garden of the Lord’ who sought to impose his understanding of law and sin on the general public.  He was employed by the government as a United States Postal Inspector. He was instrumental in the development of anti-vice laws that criminalized any use of the U.S.

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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.