Shannon Selin

About me

Shannon Selin is the author of Napoleon in America (January 2014), which imagines what might have happened if Napoleon Bonaparte had escaped from exile on St. Helena and wound up in the United States in 1821. Her short stories have appeared in The Copperfield Review and CommuterLit. Shannon blogs about Napoleonic and 19th century history at She lives in Vancouver, Canada, where she is working on the next novel in her Napoleon series.

From my website

General Jean-Pierre Piat, staunch Bonapartist

The 1848 French Revolution: Lamartine in front of the Hôtel de Ville of Paris on February 25, 1848, by Henri Félix Emmanuel PhilippoteauxJean-Pierre Piat features in Napoleon in America because of his involvement in a Bonapartist plot against the government of Louis XVIII of France. In real life Piat was…

George Schumph and the death of Pierre Laffite

1822 map of the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico. The Isla Mujeres appears as “Cankum I.” in the upper right-hand corner (it was known as Cancún Island at the time). Dzilam de Bravo appears as V. de Silan, east of Santa Clara (S. Clara).George Schumph, who meets with Napoleon in Charleston…

The moral courage of General Foy

General Maximilien Sébastien Foy by Horace VernetGeneral Maximilien Sébastien Foy was a model of military and civic virtue. A courageous soldier during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, he refused to kowtow to Napoleon. Following Napoleon’s defeat, General Foy became an eloquent defender of liberty in the Chamber of Deputies.…

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