Book One of the Skywaters Series by Francis J. Smith
Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 3, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1985100517
- ISBN-13: 978-1985100510
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
The Great Carry Skywaters Book One
Book: The Great Carry Skywaters Book One by Francis J. Smith
There were plenty of players in the early struggle for dominance of North America – Spain, France, England, and mostly forgotten today, although with a legacy in the place names of towns and creeks, Holland. The Dutch purchased Manhattan from the Indians in 1626 (that famous twenty-four dollar price tag,) and gave it up to the Brits in 1664. In between, the Dutch settled the Hudson Valley from New Amsterdam (today's Lower Manhattan) to Albany. North of Albany were some few scattered outposts, most notably Saratoga and Schenectady, but mostly it was wilderness, a vast no-man’s land separating the dominant North America empires, the English and the French.
Those two European powers would engage in a hundred-year struggle for control of the continent.
With unimaginable courage, some few men dared venture into the forests where the dangers were abundant – wolves, snakes, and most terrifyingly, the Stone Age Indians, fighting with a savage cruelty to keep what had been theirs since the beginning of Time. Men went into the wilds for a myriad of reasons. For some, it was an escape from stultifying civilization (crude as it was,) for others it was a chance to get rich, smuggling or trapping. Others went to forget, or to escape, and few had any notion of what it was they were actually accomplishing – the opening of a continent.
One of those men, going for all of the aforementioned reasons, is our indomitable eighteenth-century protagonist, Ken Kuyler, the Albany-born son of Dutch immigrants, a fearless scout in the mold of Natty Bumppo.
Ken Kuyler is a frontier boy, a young man, and, ultimately, a seasoned woodsman, ensconced in his beloved hidden valley, a place surrounded and yet strangely, nay, magically removed, from the violence around it.
In 1740 comes the War of the Austrian Succession. Colonial folks might not have known or cared who sat on the throne of Austria, most couldn’t have found Austria on a map, but with England and France on opposite sides of what was a major European conflict, the war quickly spills into the North American colonies.
Facing a fierce onslaught of French and Indians from the north, the Dutch and the British are uneasy allies. The Dutch resent their British conquerors, the Brits are disdainful of the Dutch. Kuyler, a proud Dutchman and experienced woodsman, shares his people’s antipathy toward the Brittish, but understands the allies must stand together against the common foe.
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