Five Things You Didn't Know About The Setting(s) of The Turncoat's Temptress. Go!
|David Edward Cronin, 1888.|
2) Basil sends Van Buren a 'gram at the middle of the book asking if the captain can meet him and Nora in Richmond rather than them trying to drive to Philadelphia to meet him. The 'gram is sent from City Point, VA. Get out your maps, kids and find it for me. I'll wait. Okay, you back? That's right. City Point doesn't exist, but if you Googled it, you saw that there is a city called Hopewell that annexed it in 1923.
3) Richmond, where Van Buren parks his ship to meet Basil and Nora, is an independent city. It doesn't belong to any counties.
4) I chose to set the rest of the book in the St. Louis/Illinois area because of the mounds there. There was once a huge Native American population in the Midwest and there are hundreds of mounds built in the area. The decline of the American Indian civilization known as Cahokia in Illinois came around 1400 AD. St. Louis was settled by French explorers in 1673.
Monks Mound is an earthwork structure as big as the Giza Pyramid. No one is quite sure how it was built, but the samples of dirt taken from it suggest some of it came from way down south. Think Mississippi. Archaeologists have discovered all kinds of bones, tools, toys, weapons, and holy items from the mound. Trappist monks moved to the area and gardened the first tier of the mound, but never lived on it. I'd love to tell you more about monks, but I've only been to one monastery and I was too shy to talk to any monks. I'm not sure what I would say to one anyway. "Hi, I was raised Penticost, but converted to Baptist, although it's really unofficial since I wasn't baptized when my friends were because I worried that Old Pete would drown me"? Um, yeah, that would just be awkward.
Okay, my religion aside, there you have it.
Have a great weekend, kids and a Happy Easter!