Jamie confronted with history

Jamie and the Colonial Militia


The first militia was created in Virginia in 1632. Any man able to carry a weapon brought it to church and practiced after the religious service in order to ensure a quick defense in case of danger. The potential danger was obviously Indians or wild beasts.

Jamie and the Sons of Liberty


After the War of Regulation, in which Jamie was implicated in spite of himself under the orders of the Governor, we see him giving up in a very symbolic way this famous red tunic which he hates.
“I paid my debt. I'm done with you, sir. Take your garment back! »

Jamie and the printing press


We remember this unforgettable moment when Claire pushes the door of a certain printing house in Edinburgh! Does she know how important printing will be in the life of their couple? This craft is recurrent in the books of Diana Gabaldon. And we find it in the series both in Scotland and in America.

Jamie and North Carolina


Despite the cost and the horror of the crossing, despite the heartbreak of leaving forever their loved ones and their native land, they arrived by the thousands, carrying their children in their arms, all their belongings gathered in bundles of rags, fleeing misery. and desolation...

Jamie and the Cultivation of the Land


Have you ever wondered how Jamie Fraser, who we see arriving in a forested territory, manages to transform his estate into arable land so quickly?
Fiction on TV? Fiction in books?
Obviously not. Diana Gabaldon describes the historical reality!

Jamie and the food


We have often seen that the Ridge table was rich and varied.
Is it realistic to enjoy as many dishes for these migrants as the Frasers?
However, on the whole colony, the food was much more abundant, more varied and more protein in the colonies than in England.

Jamie and contraband


The history of smuggling is as long as it is controversial; it probably appeared the same day the first tax was created. In Europe, in the border regions or on the coasts, smuggling is, at certain periods of history, and in particular in the 18th century, an economically structuring element to the point of being a driving force which revives the patriotic spirit and the will resistance of the people!

Jamie and knitting


Jamie had grabbed a needle and a ball of yarn.
'It's not that difficult, Sassenach. Look, this is how we start. Sliding the thread in his clenched fist, he formed a loop around his thumb, slipped it over the needle, then, in a succession of small, sharp movements, he cast on a long row of stitches in one turn...
"Do you know how to knit?" I exclaimed.
- Of course. I know how to handle needles since the age of seven

Jamie and the Indian Agents


At the end of the 17th century, the function of colonial agents, interlocutors between the Crown and the colony became institutionalized. Some were well-integrated men of influence in London's decision-making spheres, sometimes of very high rank, such as Benjamin Franklin who represented Pennsylvania from 1757 to 1762 and again from 1764 to 1775.

Jamie and the Potatoes


Just as the gold of the Americas swept over Europe, the humble potato spread around the world. It took longer, but eventually it, along with other native American plants, had a vital role for mankind.
Throughout Diana Gabaldon's books, we come across this tuber on the Ridge's table. Volume 9.1 is very generous in listing potato dishes.
And the series, often lets us glimpse these stews and purees …

Jamie and the Dun Bonnet 


TGribonnet or Dun Bonnet is based on a person who existed in the Highlands in the 18th century. Diana Gabaldon did not invent the character: He was known as James Fraser, chief of the Fraser clan. Yes, you heard correctly, that's Jamie's full name and he is leader of the clan. It is therefore certainly not a coincidence that Diana Gabaldon chose this name for the hero of her Outlander saga.