The Extraordinary Life and Adventures of Peter Williamson
By (author) Douglas Skelton
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Indian Peter by Douglas Skelton
Book DescriptionIndian Peter is the remarkable story of Peter Williamson, who, in 1743 at the age of 13, was snatched from an Aberdeen quayside and transported to the burgeoning American colonies to be sold into indentured servitude. Unlike many others who found themselves in similar circumstances, Peter was fortunate to be bought by a humane man who left him money when he died, enabling him to buy his own farm after marrying. According to Peter's own account, his farm was attacked in 1754, during what became known as the French and Indian War, and he was captured by the Indians, who forced him to travel with them as a slave. After escaping, he joined the British Army to fight the French and their Indian allies but his regiment was forced to surrender and he was taken to Canada as a prisoner of war. When he was eventually freed, Peter made his way back to Scotland and tracked down the men who were behind his initial kidnapping. He accused them publicly and took them to court in a landmark case that exposed the scandal of slave trading. Once settled in Edinburgh, Peter became a publican, writer, publisher and entrepreneur. He developed Edinburgh's first Penny Post system, launched a weekly magazine and shamelessly exploited his experiences for profit. Brimming with action and adventure, Indian Peter is a true-life tale of abduction, war and courtroom drama. It is an inspiring story of courage, fortitude and one man's determination to survive against seemingly insurmountable odds.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845960322
(199mm x 130mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
Publish Date: 6-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Douglas Skelton
Douglas Skelton is a journalist and author of a number of true crime books. He is married and lives in Ayrshire.
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