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*New* Diana Gabaldon Talks About Outlander With The Fayetteville Observer   Leave a comment

From The Fayetteville Observers: 

Let’s jump right in with River Run. The area around what is now Fayetteville wasn’t exactly oozing with plantation homes at this time. But according to Fayetteville historian Bruce Daws, a 1775 map does show two large plantations near where Rockfish Creek flows into the Cape Fear. Why did you decide to put Jacosta’s plantation right outside Cross Creek?

There were Scottish settlers all along the edge of the Cape Fear because that’s where they went – those who were not already settled along the coast from the earlier immigration wave of 1730 and so forth.

They came because they had kin there. But they pushed on up into the mountains in order to find their own land and make their own way.

The Cape Fear, as you know, is only really navigable as far as Cross Creek. So I thought, well, for convenience that’s reasonable. It was conceivable that there could be a large plantation there.

Jocasta was not the type who would be pushing further into the Piedmont?

No. Jocasta and her husband were very wealthy when they came to the colonies. They weren’t struggling. They bought their land and a large number of slaves and proceeded to make more money by running it.

What’s your favorite part of her plantation?

Let’s see. You mean the TV set?

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Posted March 9, 2020 by justfp in Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

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