1866 marked the beginning of Polly’s Adventures that changed her life. The World was a turbulent place during this decade. It was a decade with numerous cultural, social, and political upheavals in Europe and America. Revolutions were prevalent in Germany and the Ottoman Empire. The abolition of slavery in America led to the breakdown of the Atlantic Slave Trade, which was already suffering from the abolition of slavery in most of Europe in the late 1820s and ’30s. In America, civil war between the Confederacy of the South and the Northern states led to massive deaths and the destruction. The First Transcontinental Railroad in the USA was completed and the Suez Canal in Egypt was opened in 1869. Did you know that in 1863 the submarine was invented? Dynamite was created in Germany during this decade at the same time Lewis Carroll published “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and when the sport of skiing was invented (around 1862-63).
You can read more about this amazing decade at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1860s