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Читаю сейчас прикольную книжку "Торонтская книга мёртвых", "The Toronoto Book of the Dead" (автор - Адам Банч) - интересные рассказы из истории Канады через истории тех, кто там умер (и не только там).

Так вот, оказывается, был такой американский бригадный генерал и путешественник, которого звали Завулон Пайк (Zebulon Pike). И погиб он - при осаде форта Йорк (первого поселения нынешнего Торонто), во время войны США с Канадой в 1812 году.

Ну а, как известно, капитан Кристофер Пайк из "Звёздного пути" когда-то служил на корабле USS York.


I am reading a curious book titled "The Toronto Book of the Dead", by Adam Bunch. It offers glimpses into the history of Toronto and Canada through the stories of those who died there (and not only there).

It appears that there was once was an American brigadier general and traveler Zebulon Pike, who died during the siege of Fort York (the first Toronto settlement) during the war between the USA and Canada of 1812.

And, as every Trekkie knows, the Starfleet captain Christopher Pike had once served on the USS York.

I like to think that this is no coincidence.


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May. 20th, 2019 04:45 pm (UTC)
Very interesting. I like how you think!
May. 26th, 2019 05:59 pm (UTC)
I think you are referring to Zebulon Pike https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebulon_Pike
Most Americans have heard of Pike's Peak.
(Except, undoubtedly, for the masses who don't even know where the country of France is or who is the president.)

Edited at 2019-05-26 06:01 pm (UTC)
May. 27th, 2019 05:45 am (UTC)
I am. Old names are difficult to spell correctly :). In Russian it is written as "Zavulon". I have never heard of Pike's Peak, and thank you for linking the article.

Until I went to Canada, or especially started reading this book, I did not realize that relationships between your two countries started off quite this badly (not surprising given where a lot of the Royalists escaped during the Revolution, but very much so on the other hand because that war is greatly overshadowed by the wars with Napoleon for us living on the other side of the pond).

Edited at 2019-05-27 05:45 am (UTC)
May. 29th, 2019 04:21 am (UTC)
Disturbingly, there have always, always been wars. When my youngest son was 17, he was itching to join the military. From his vantage point, it was a very important time to support the war effort. From my point of view, it was just one more useless war. Fortunately, he was trained in helicopter repair and was somewhat removed from the worst (most dangerous) parts of conflict. Most fortunately, he did not become injured. In the end, it was good experience for him and he went on to have a successful career in the police force. Today he is a detective working against the drug trade. So, you could say it all worked out in the end. But when he was a vulnerable, impressionable 17-year-old, I felt I could see more of what he was getting into than he could.

Edited at 2019-05-29 04:22 am (UTC)
May. 29th, 2019 02:25 pm (UTC)
Are you telling me that there were recent conflicts with Canada!? or just wars in general?

In any case, yes, he was indeed lucky. I also completely agree with you about wars in general :(.
May. 29th, 2019 02:27 pm (UTC)
I have read somewhere that the brain's ability to think logically and independently continues to develop well into your 20s. Unfortunately, a lot of young people get sent to wars while they cannot yet categorically say that they won't kill their brothers :(.
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