When Alexander was 14 years old a hurricane hit the island of Nevis. Hamilton then writes a letter which is very well written. "On November 11, 1769, in his earliest surviving letter, the fourteen-year-old Hamilton Vented the blackest pent-up despair." Chapter 2 page 30. The letter was received by his friend and lookalike Edward Stevens, he was was beginning his studies at King's college in New York. Hamilton so he may go to North America for an education. Alexander arrives in New York and is inrolled in King's College. This is the rising action due to Hamilton starting his adventures as an immigrant in the 13 colonies during the American revolution time period. I believe that Hamilton will be some how affected by the revolution or the protest that were going on.
Reading log #1
Alexander Hamilton, a founding father of the United States of America or the 13 British colonies. He was born in Nevis, an island in the British West Indies. “Alexander Hamilton claimed Nevis in the British West Indies as his birthplace, although no surviving records substantiate this.”-Paragraph one on page 7 of Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton. He was born in the year 1757 (claimed by his family.) to James Hamilton, his father, a nobleman and the fourth child out eleven children which meant he was also penniless because of no chance of inheritance. He was not married to Hamilton’s mother, Rachel Faucette Lavien Hamilton. Alexander did change through out this story, his mother went through a divorce, after two years his mother died. Rachel’s property went to Lavien’s son, Peter. With no money they went to live with their mother’s first cousin, Peter Lytton. Whom was a failed businessman and a bankrupted grocer. In July of 1769 Peter Lytton was found in his bed dead and covered in a pool of his own blood, it could have been murder or suicide. “On July 16, 1769, just when the Hamilton boyd must have imagined that fate couldn’t dole out more horrors, Peter Lytton was found dead in his bed, soaked in a pool of blood. According to court records, he had committed suicide and either “stabbed or shot himself to death.”- Ron Chernow’s words on page 26 paragraph 61.