A Bit of History

Scottish clans 


During the first two seasons of Outlander, Scotland is both a setting and a central figure whose past and future history carries the essential of all actions and all sacrifices. But Scotland is not only a magnificent country with breathtaking landscapes, it is above all a soul and a way of life, embodied by the multiple clans that compose it.

From Prestonpans to Culloden 


Nothing Jamie and Claire were able to undertake, none of their many sacrifices, not even Faith's death, could have prevented the terrible battle of Culloden and the subsequent collapse of the Scottish clans.
As always, Diana Gabaldon places her story at the heart of real and precise historical facts. But what really happened to this Jacobite revolt and its cruel destiny?

British colonies in America 


After defeating the Jacobite rebellion and countering the Scottish with their imperial will, the British invaded North America without further consideration, exterminating the recalcitrant natives and thriving on the backs of slaves and settlers. From the discovery of the continent to the American Civil War, conflicts and takeovers have never stopped.

Governor Tryon against regulators 


Since its colonization, America has split into states, each of which is headed by a governor. In North Carolina, where the Fraser decided to settle, it was William Tryon who, for a few years, had to deal with the harshness of the country and the claims of the settlers settled on land they wanted to prosper. Among them, insurgents more virulent than the others: Regulators.

Indian tribes: The Cherokees 


Settled in North Carolina, notably in the majestic Smoky Moutains, this sedentary tribe has never ceased to be persecuted by colonization and the wars which raged for the possession of their prosperous lands. Despite their desire to appease, and the multiple sacrifices made in order to live in peace on their territory, they were flouted with all their rights, chased, herded, even executed. The trail of tears, which has become a symbol of their final exodus, is just one of the many examples of the atrocities they suffered.

Indian tribes: The Mohawks 


Indian tribe of North America belonging to the linguistic family of the Iroquois and originating in the current state of New York, The Mohawks are one of the six great Iroquois nations. In addition to the nine representatives on the Iroquois council, each Mohawk community had a local council which guided the village chief (s). They were divided into three clans: the bear, the wolf and the turtle

Outlander, his heroes and their religions 


Throughout our readings, we meet our heroes in their environment, their culture, their faith.
It is this last point that we will try to address without proselytizing, without bias.
Just facts to understand. We will content ourselves with analyzing these facts for the first 3 volumes and we will stay mainly in Europe.

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The discovery of America


They brought us parrots, cotton bales, javelins and much more, which they exchanged for glass beads and bells. They willingly traded everything they owned. They were well built, with harmonious bodies and graceful faces […] They do not carry weapons […] Their javelins are made of reeds. They would make good servants. With fifty men, we could enslave them all and make them do whatever we want. "

Christopher Colombus

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New France - Nova Scotia  


We continue our discovery of this New World where the Fraser clan hopes to find peace, serenity and tolerance… ..

We are going to make a small foray into Canada because we cannot ignore the arrival of Westerners on these cold lands… These few acres of snow, as Voltaire said, where French, Indians and English will clash until the conclusion of the Seven Years' War which will sign the definitive hegemony of England over North America.

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The Indian Nations of North Carolina 


Before diving into this New World in North America, now is the time to reflect on the history and plight of Indians.
We have therefore chosen to tell you about two of these Indian peoples, the Tuascaroras and the Cherokees.
They will cross paths with Jamie Fraser, which is why we will focus on this Indian nation.

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Highlander and Indians, a common destiny 


After traveling through the history of the Cherokee people in North Carolina, we found much in common with the Highlanders. We have therefore decided to devote a dossier to these similarities.
Here then is the tragic fate of these two peoples. They have faced life with a courage that commands the admiration of all.

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The foundation of the 13 colonies 


Here we are in North America.
The British took possession of a vast territory on the Atlantic coast, stretching from New England to Georgia.
The Thirteen English Colonies will develop there. In this chapter we will see who these brave migrants were and their travel conditions.