In any story, keeping track of what happened when, how old is so-and-so at this point, and how much time passed while traveling from A to B would be nigh impossible without written notes. With historical fiction, one must also endeavour to keep straight how the non-fiction events of the real world influence and mesh with your story.
Note: During this period of history, two calendars were in use: the Old Style Julian calendar in England, Scotland, Ireland and parts of Northern and Eastern Europe, and the New Style Gregorian calendar elsewhere in Europe. The impact of this situation can be illustrated when considering William III’s death. At that time, Gregorian dates were eleven days ahead of Julian dates, so by the Gregorian calendar he died on March 19, 1702, and on March 8, 1702 by the Julian calendar. Furthermore, the English New Year fell on March 25th, so William died on March 8, 1701. However, dates in the timeline below will follow the Julian calendar with New Year being January 1st.
On the left-hand side are story events, and on the right-hand side are historical events.
The merchant ship Adam is on is captured by Captain Laurens de Graaf. Learning of Adam’s navigation abilities, they give him a chance to join the crew.
Catherine Ducharme arrives in France. She joins the Salle d’Armes de Liancour to master swordplay, duelling pistols and musketry.
Vivian Conway opens the Conway Home for Girls and Boys in Bristol.
Francois Le Sage of Le Tigre sails with Laurens de Graaf in a raid on Jamaica. The raid captures thousands of slaves, but Le Sage is killed, along with fifty of his men, while attacking fortified plantations.
Adam is Le Tigre’s navigator during the raid on Jamaica. With the aid of Robert Bellows, Adam is able to bring a timely warning to his family’s plantation and they manage to fight off Le Sage.