The cover of Meet Caroline. (2012-2014)
|Illustrator|| Robert Papp|
|Setting||June 1812 - July 19, 1812|
|Next in Series||Caroline's Secret Message|
Meet Caroline: An American Girl is the first book in the Caroline series. It was included with the Caroline doll when purchased until the release of BeForever and could be purchased separately; it is now part of Captain of the Ship.
- Caroline Abbott
- John Abbott
- Mama Abbott
- Lydia Livingston
- Oliver Livingston
- Hosea Barton
- Mr. Tate
- Seth Whittleslee
- Mr. Shaw
- Mrs. Shaw
Only in Meet Caroline
Chapter by Chapter Summary
Chapter One: A Fine Sloop
Chapter Two: Terrible News
Chapter Three: Lieutenant Woolsey
Chapter Four: Grandmother's Advice
Chapter Five: Attack!
Looking Back: America in 1812
Discusses the beginning of the War of 1812. Topics covered:
- Sackets Harbor's remote location from Philadelphia and New York, major cities of America at the time
- The necessity of ships for economic reasons, due to poor travel by land at the time
- Economic trade between America and Upper Canada, and Sackets Harbor and New York, Boston, Baltimore
- America's growth as an independent nation 30 years after the American Revolution
- Dischord between British and American political relations, with Americans wanting to expand north and the British wanting to keep claim of its Canadian colonies
- Impressment of American sailors by the British navy
- Trade restrictions between America and other countries
- American declaration of war against the British, in spite of opposition
- The slow pace of news about the war, surprising American sailors unaware of the declaration
- Elijah and Cyrus St. John, two brothers who were captured by the British navy
- The US navy's lack of power, with just the USS Oneida patrolling Lake Ontario, compared to the British navy
- Lake Ontario as a vital supply route along the Great Lakes
- The need for more warships to fight back against the British navy
Items associated with Meet Caroline
- Lieutenant Woolsey is an actual historical figure who was sent to the shores of Lake Ontario in 1808 to supervise the construction of the USS Oneida.
References and Footnotes
- ↑ Meet Caroline - and Her Home Town, sitesandstories.wordpress.com, accessed September 4, 2012.
- ↑ The majority of the fifth chapter coincides with the First Battle of Sacket's Harbor, which occurred on July 19, 1812.
- ↑ Commodore Melancthon Taylor Woolsey, US Navy, 1782-1832, history.nav.mil, accessed September 15, 2012.