Buried Treasuresby Linda G. Corley PH. D.
Buried Treasures, The Age of Manifest Destiny is a story that begins with the expansion of Spanish power and the invasion of Hispaniola in 1492 - and on through the occupation of North America, South America, Central America, Mexico, and Cuba by the Republic of Spain who wanted power and would use any means to obtain it, in order to rule the world. Then, on a smaller scale at the beginning of the 19th century, the new Americans believed that it was their destiny to spread its borders to include the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans in their quest for Manifest Destiny. All believing that their social worth was superior.
The story then takes us through the Hatian Revolution, the Louisiana Purchase, the Battle of New Orleans, the rescue of Napoleon from St. Helena, and finally to the burial of the privateer Jean Lafitte. However, that is not the end of our story. Lafitte's legacy lived on, in his beautiful young daughter, Angelique.
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I enjoyed reading about the legendary pirate Jean Lafitte. A new and interesting twist to his mysterious ancestry was given, in this telling of his life and times. Understanding that this is a book of Historical Fiction, the new theories presented on his involvement in the Haitian Revolution sounds plausible and appears that the author did research the dates and times of the historical events of the day. The presentation of communication by letter writing was a new twist to me and at times a bit hard to read, however, that may be due to the fact that reading a person's handwriting is foreign to our culture today. It did add a flavor to the text as it was probably meant to do. I especially liked Part 6 and the folktale fashion of writing by the author. This section of the book really gave me a feel of the area and its people in the period being represented. Cajun folklore has always been fascinating to me and I would like to read more on that topic. All and all, for a first time author, I fell that this was a good read and would recommend it to young people as well as adults. There are no curse words, violently depicted acts of violence, or racy sexual content throughout the 350 or so pages. Not seen much these days.