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
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?
In The Smuggler's Gambit, 17-year-old Adam Fletcher is the son of a young, single mother in a port town in 1765 North Carolina. When he finds himself in trouble with the law, he is forced into an apprenticeship to avoid a harsher criminal punishment. As events unfold in his new life with a local shipping merchant as his master, Adam soon finds himself caught in the middle of a smuggling … [Read more...] about Apprenticeships in Colonial America: Educational opportunity or cheap labor? It all depends…
The Smuggler's Gambit is set in 1765 and deals with shipping and smuggling, so one of the key trades in that line of work was coopering. In fact, when Adam Fletcher begins his apprenticeship with a local shipping merchant, the area in which he begins his training is as a cooper. Coopers in Colonial America were standard fixtures on ships, as well as on plantations, breweries, wineries, … [Read more...] about Coopers in Colonial America – Everything You Wanted to Know
In The Smuggler's Gambit, Adam finds himself in a situation where he needs to turn to some basic skills to survive when he is marooned on an island. It could be said that Adam and his contemporaries probably knew a lot more about basic survival techniques in the wilderness than we do today. These days, modern conveniences have made the need for such knowledge seem superfluous to some. The … [Read more...] about Basic Skills 101: Survival, or How Our Colonial Ancestors Were Smarter Than Us
Salutary Neglect was a term that referred to an unofficial policy practiced by English authorities wherein they would turn a blind eye to various violations in the American colonies—especially relating to trade. Why would they enact legislation that created certain trade restrictions or tariffs and then not enforce it? Because they knew that people do more business when there aren't a whole … [Read more...] about What was Salutary Neglect and why did things get bad when it ended?