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The Blood of Heaven

By Kent Wascom

The Blood of Heaven
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  • Hardcover: Jun 2013,
    432 pages.
    Paperback: 10 Jun 2014,
    464 pages.

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The Republic of West Florida

The Blood of Heaven is set primarily in West Florida during the early years of the 19th century. At the time, West Florida occupied part of what is now referred to as the Florida Panhandle, as well as sections of what are now Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama along the Gulf Coast. It was bordered by the Mississippi River to the west, and the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers to the East. The northern boundary was less well-defined, advancing into territories held by the Choctaw and Creek Nations.

Spanish colonists first attempted settlement in the mid-16th century, but no permanent outpost was established until 1698 when a fort was built in what would later become Pensacola, Florida. Its purpose was to deter the French from claiming the area, who at the time were exploring southward down the Mississippi River. The territory was never heavily populated by either country's citizens, though, and at the close of the French-Indian War (1754-1763), the French ceded the land east of...

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