Before I ever started working on The Smuggler's Gambit, I had done a lot of studying about not only smuggling in the colonial era, but what prompted otherwise law-abiding men to do it. It happened in all sorts of ways and by men you might otherwise not expect. In May 1764, the month following the passage of the Sugar Act, Samuel Adams said this: “For if our Trade may be taxed why not our … [Read more...] about Smuggling in Colonial America: What drove good men to do it?
Kevin Duffus, author of The Last Days of Black Beard the Pirate and 2015 NC Historian of the Year has this to say about The Smuggler's Gambit. "The Smuggler’s Gambit will transport you in time to a formative period in our nation’s history, when young Colonial Americans like Adam Fletcher bravely faced life-changing choices, moral perplexities, and danger at every turn. Perfectly paced with … [Read more...] about The Last Days of Black Beard the Pirate author Kevin Duffus endorses The Smuggler’s Gambit
Whether you've read The Smuggler's Gambit and want to learn more about the world of Adam Fletcher, or you're just interesting in finding out more about the novel before reading it, this new feature will serve as your personal tour guide to the locations from the story. About colonial era taverns These days the word tavern often refers to establishments that primarily serve alcohol along with a … [Read more...] about Bonus: Tour the Topsail Tavern and learn about real colonial-era taverns like the Green Dragon
Many elements of The Smuggler's Gambit were inspired by real incidents that I uncovered while doing genealogical research—from the idea of forced apprenticeships, to the truth about Blackbeard, and many other bits and pieces of information. In the book, there is a reference to one of the female characters being an heiress, but being bound to some key restrictions that had been placed upon her … [Read more...] about Creative Ways of Protecting Women’s Property and Interests in 18th Century America
A well-known figure on the pirate re-enactments circuit, as well as a ship-builder, author, and certified 'Pirate-Privateer', Captain Horatio Sinbad knows a thing or two about adventure on the high seas, as well as in coastal towns like Beaufort, North Carolina, the home port of his ship, MEKA II. Now, he lends his hearty endorsement to The Smuggler's Gambit, the first novel in the Adam … [Read more...] about Capt. Horatio Sinbad gives his hearty endorsement to The Smuggler’s Gambit
The Smuggler's Gambit is set in 1765 in what was at the time known as Port Beaufort (modern day Beaufort, NC). Although Port Beaufort was positioned right on the coast of North Carolina, it wasn't a place that saw heavy shipping traffic. This is because Beaufort had no means of connecting to points further inland. In other words, there were no rivers that ran directly from Port Beaufort into … [Read more...] about What kinds of things were imported to Port Beaufort, North Carolina in 1765?