Imagine going on a vacation to a place where you've never been before. Imagine reading a paragraph in a brochure about this place that most people probably overlook. You on the other hand are so curious to know more about that paragraph, you end up spending ten years researching it.
That's exactly what Joseph Abdo did when he arrived on the island of Faial. His quest was to learn about the history of the Dabney family, one of Faial's most influential families of the 19th century. It might surprise you to learn that this was an American family. What's more, this family had ties to Thomas Jefferson and the Longfellow family.
A San Diego Connection
His research also brought him to an obscurely-known part of San Diego called Faial Ranch. Its name was influenced by the Dabney family members who moved to Southern California from Faial in 1892. However, to quote the author, "that's another story."
On the Edge of History is the result of Joseph Abdo's ten-year passionate search to find out just what made the Dabney family so influential. In addition to being a biography of the Dabney family, this book also provides some wonderful insight into what life in the Azores was like during the mid to late 19th century. Whether you are Portuguese are not, if you enjoy history, you'll have a hard time putting this book down.
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