French soldier at the Rhine
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Napoleon at the Rhine

[Rhineland, 1794]  While at the Potomac the new capital came into being, no stone remained unturned in Europe. The French Revolution shattered Europe’s monarchies, soon war broke out. Napoleon and the Rhine frontier (1794-1803, Germany) […]

Baltimore 1812
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British-American War

[America, 1812] In those days Johann’s family moved even closer together. Laurie’s cousin Randolph served in the US Navy, and although the United States were neutral, again and again American vessels were captured by British […]

Moscow 1812
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Napoleon’s defeat

[Europe, 1812] Since Napoleon could not conquer England, he intended to fight it by economic means, and decreed the Continental system: no country was allowed to trade with England, no harbor was allowed to let English […]

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The Bergmanns leave

[Rhineland, around 1815] Restoration After the victory over Napoleon, the statesmen of Europe gathered at the Congress of Vienna restored the old order. The whole of the Rhineland, Westphalia, and some other territories fell to […]

Bergmann brothers at Castle Garden
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Transatlantic Cousins

[America, around 1815] A few months later, Hedy Bergmann and her sons had left the Old World, although parting had been hard for all of them. The Bergmann brothers arrive in America Her American family […]

Mountain Men vineyard, around 1820
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Bergmann and Mountain Men

[America, around 1820/30] In 1821, the entire Bergmann family was in Washington. James Monroe, on whose ship Emmett, John and Laurie had sailed to Europe about twenty years ago, was sworn in for his second […]

"Merry Dragon" country inn
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No time for books

[America, around 1820] For some years now Niklas and Heinrich Bergmann had been living in America. It was a good life, they had worked hard and could live in financial security now. Above all, they […]

Bodmer Tipis
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The “frontier”

[America, around 1830/40] Niklas’ and Jenny’s son Harvey had grown up and was a bright young man. He took much interest in the events in America and Europe and worked as a freelance journalist for the […]

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Germany. A Winter’s Tale

[America, around 1845] One evening at home in the “Merry Dragon” inn, Harvey found his father Niklas all immersed in a book. “What are you reading, father?” he asked, “you look sad.” Niklas looked up. “Oh, […]

A young man wearing black-red-gold
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Revolution 1848 in Germany

[America and Germany, 1848/49] In May 1848 one saw a new decoration at the Merry Dragon Inn. Next to the American flag there was a black, red and golden one. Beaming with joy, Niklas shared […]