“It’s Not the Years, It’s the Mileage”: An Indiana Jones Chronology Part 1 — Childhood

Remarks in italics are not taken from explicitly-stated events in the canon material. They are my own speculations, logical inferences, gap-fillers, and extrapolations based on fragmentary references and passing mentions in the original sources.

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Dr. Henry W. Jones and Anna Mary Jones, wedding day, 1898

July 1, 1899 — Henry Walton Jones, Jr. is born in Princeton, New Jersey, to Henry Walton Jones, Sr., a Scottish-born Oxford graduate and professor of medieval studies at Princeton University, and Anna Mary Jones, who comes from a respected Virginia family. [1,2] 

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c.1900 — The Jones family acquires an Alaskan malamute dog, and names him Indiana. Young Henry Jr. is already demonstrating a penchant for risk-taking behavior. [1,3]

c.1901-1904 — At some point during this time, Henry and Anna Jones have a second child, a daughter Susie, who dies in infancy. [4]

Summer 1905 — Henry Jr. spends the first of many summers on his Uncle Fred and Aunt Grace’s ranch in New Mexico. [5]

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1906 — Henry Jr. first sees a bullwhip in action at a traveling circus, and is fascinated by it. [6]

1906 – 1907 — By now insisting on being called “Indiana” or “Indy” out of his love for the family dog, Indy develops a restless streak. He is frequently getting into trouble or being truant from school. He becomes a baseball fan and passionate baseball card collector. He begins receiving tutoring in foreign languages, becoming conversant in French, German, and Spanish, at the insistence of his father, whose mantra is “language is the key to understanding mankind.” [1,4,7].

He continues to spend summers in New Mexico. [8]

1907 — Henry Jones, Sr. publishes a book on medieval chivalry that is a huge success. He is invited by universities and lecture halls around the world to come and speak. [1]

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May 1908 — Henry and Anna Jones announce to Indy their plans for a two-year world tour, beginning that summer. Henry will be giving lectures, meeting foreign scholars and donors, and gathering various manuscripts and translations relating to the Holy Grail legend, which is his passion.[1]

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Helen Seymour

Early July 1908 — The Jones family arrives in London just after Indy’s ninth birthday. Henry catches up with several of his Oxford friends, and engages the services of his former tutor Miss Helen Seymour (“the best there is”) to accompany them on the tour and provide tutoring for Indy. The now elderly Miss Seymour is initially resistant to the idea, saying she is used to tutoring university students, and is not a “governess,” but is ultimately convinced. On the tour, in lieu of fourth and fifth grades, Indy is expected to observe and record as much as he can, complete a lengthy reading list, write essays, and learn ancient Greek and Latin. [1,9]

Late July 1908 — After nine days’ sail from London, the Jones party arrives in Alexandria, and then travels to Cairo. Henry kicks off his lecture series at Cairo University, leaving Indy and Miss Seymour to their studies and explorations. While investigating the pyramids of Giza, they meet up with another former pupil of Miss Seymour’s, T.E. Lawrence, who invites them to observe famous archaeologist Howard Carter’s excavation of a tomb in the Valley of the Kings further down the Nile. The day after the tomb is opened, it becomes clear that a jewel has been stolen overnight from among the artifacts, and the man guarding the tomb’s entrance is killed. Investigation by Lawrence and Indy lead them to Dimitrios, the camp’s demolition expert, as the thief. Dimitrios manipulated the local crew’s superstition about a “mummy’s curse” to aid him in his theft. Despite Indy and Lawrence’s solving of the mystery, Dimitrios manages to escape with the jewel. [1]

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It is in Egypt that Indy first expresses interest in being an archaeologist. Lawrence supports his ambition, but suggests studying languages to begin with. Indy is torn between archaeology (his true passion) and linguistics (a more practical skill, and a path supported by his father) for the next fourteen years. T.E. Lawrence becomes a close friend and frequent correspondent until his death in 1935. [1,10]

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Indy and T.E. Lawrence

August 1908 — Indy and family leave Egypt for Morocco, where they will be staying with former Oxford classmate of Indy’s father, Walter Harris, a prominent journalist for the London Times. Indy befriends a household slave boy, and, taking a cue from Harris, disguises himself as an Arab to freely explore the city with his new friend. They are captured by slave traders and brought to the market, where they are rescued by the timely arrival of Harris, who buys their freedom, and Indy is returned to his family. [1]

September 1908 – May 1909 — The activities of the world-touring family group during this lengthy period is unknown, although it seems they remained in the North Africa/Middle East area. Indy may have actually buckled down and studied, as his facility with languages continues to grow. [11]

June 1909 — When the touring party visits Jerusalem, Indy meets another noted archaeologist, Abner Ravenwood of the University of Chicago, who is looking for clues to the location of the lost Ark of the Covenant around the Temple Mount. It is not known whether Ravenwood mentions having an infant daughter back in Chicago. [12, 13]

August 1909 — Indy, now ten years old, and family join up with the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition, led by former president Theodore Roosevelt, in British East Africa. Roosevelt professes himself a great admirer of Henry’s book on medieval armor. The expedition’s purpose is to gather specimens for the Smithsonian Institute, but they are having trouble finding a certain sub-species of oryx. Indy meets up with a young Maasai boy named Meto. As they learn to communicate with each other, Meto tells him where to find the onyx. Indy guides the expedition to where the onyx can now be found, but is disturbed by how many have to be killed to ensure a proper supply of specimens. [14,15]

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Indy and Theodore Roosevelt

September 1909 — The touring party sail from Africa to Nice, in southern France, and from there by rail to Paris. Henry has full calendar of academic and social obligations, and Indy is supposed to stay busy studying and visiting museums, but he can’t help sneaking away and investigating slightly seedy artists’ cafes, where he interacts with Edgar Degas and Pablo Picasso, who is beginning to experiment with cubism. [14]

November 1909 — Indy attends horse riding school while his family stays at the U.S. embassy in Vienna. At the school, he meets Princess Sophie of Austria and develops his first romantic feelings for her. They slip out from under their governess’ supervision to ice-skate. This nearly causes an international incident, and Indy is sternly reprimanded. He later tries to give her a snow globe, but is rebuffed at the gate by the palace guards. Indy and his parents attend a dinner thrown by the US ambassador to celebrate the “First Psychoanalytic Conference,” with Sigmund Freud, Karl Jung, and Alfred Adler as the guests of honor. Spurred by some of Indy’s remarks at the table, the three eminent psychiatrists get into a debate — and criticize the notion of romantic love as a human construct. But they agree that repressing one’s feelings is bad. Taking them at their word, Indy returns to the royal palace and is actually granted a brief audience with Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The duke patiently but firmly declines Indy’s offer to marry his daughter (when he is old enough), and denies him an opportunity to say good-bye, saying she is already in bed. After leaving, Indy sneaks back into the royal quarters, where he presents Princess Sophie with the snow globe, and she gives him a locket with her portrait. Indy wears the locket for many years thereafter. [2,16]

During a brief stay in Florence, Indy attends his first opera, La Bohemie, composed by Giacomo Puccini. Puccini dines with the Joneses and their host family after the performance, and is attracted to Indy’s mother. While Indy’s father is away for a week in Rome, Anna begins an intense flirtation with Puccini. She feels neglected by Henry, Sr., who is single-mindedly focused on his lectures. (He does not send a single letter when in Rome.) Puccini invites her to meet him at the train station and go away with him. She goes to the station…but only to walk by him and welcome her returning husband home instead. [2]

December 1909 — The touring party returns to Paris for a second visit. [2]

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Henry Jones, Sr. c. 1910

Winter – Early Spring 1910 — The Jones party travels through Murmansk and St.Petersburg, Russia. After causing mayhem at a wedding held on a large Russian estate, Indy is rebuked more fiercely than he’s ever been before and banished to his room. He decides to run away, and as he is making his way through the Russian countryside, he encounters the elderly Leo Tolstoy, who has also run away from his materialistic and aristocratic family. After encountering a brutal round-up of gypsies by the Cossack military, Indy and Tolstoy decide to head further east, but Tolstoy’s health clearly is not up to it. They convince each other to return to their respective families. [17]

The family travels from Moscow to Greece. Anna Jones, fearing that Henry is too distant and distracted to spend as much time with Indy as he should, leaves them to have a weekend together. Henry teaches Indy about various schools of Greek philosophy, and a narrow escape from a damaged cliffside elevator at the “hanging monastery” of Kalabaka creates a bonding moment between Indy and the normally stern and reserved Henry. [17]

Spring 1910 — While in the city of Benares, along the Ganges River in India, the toruing party is lodged at the Hindu National College. There they encounter members of the Theosophical Society who are in the process of grooming a new “world teacher” — a young boy named Jiddu Krishnamurti. Miss Seymour, a typical Victorian Christian, is suspicious of the “free love/socialist” theosophists and their claims, but comes to realize that faith is faith. Indy gains a deeper understanding of philosophy and different approaches to religion. The family’s stay in India is a fairly lengthy one. [4]

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Anna Jones, c. 1910

On the train trip from India to China, Anna Jones falls seriously ill, but has recovered by the time the touring party arrives in Peking. Henry is looking forward to meeting with a famous Chinese scholar (who has completed Chinese translations of the Grail legend). The rest of the group decide to explore the Chinese countryside with the help of their guide, Mr. Li. There is some concern about Anna’s health, but it’s Indy who comes down with typhoid fever in a remote Chinese village. With the nearest American doctor three days away, Anna reluctantly agrees to allow a local Chinese doctor to treat Indy with traditional methods. He recovers. [14] 

The Jones party also spends some time in Vietnam, where Indy picks up some of the Vietnamese language. [18]

June 1910 — The epic Jones world tour concludes in Australia, where Indy meets Harry Houdini and gets the opportunity to fly in an early airplane. [19]

Summer 1910 – Winter 1912 — Indy attends sixth and seventh grades in Princeton, N.J. and continues his study of languages. He is probably sent to the New Mexico ranch during the summers of 1910 and 1911. He joins the Boy Scouts, and plays baseball.

Indy visits New Orleans with his parents, [20] takes piano lessons, [16] and teaches himself a little guitar. [21]

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Henry & Indy, 1911

Late March – Early April, 1912 —  Indy’s former tutor, Helen Seymour, has inherited a great deal of wealth after the death of a cousin, including a precious gem known as the Shalimar Diamond. She invites the Jones family to visit her in England, but only Indy can make the trip. He stays in England for awhile, seeing the sights and even meeting one of his literary heroes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. [22]

Early April 1912 — Miss Seymour, who has never been to the U.S. before, decides to IndianaJonesAndTheTitanicAdventurereturn with Indy and stay with the Joneses in Princeton for an extended visit. They book passage on the White Star ocean liner RMS Titanic’s maiden voyage. [22]

April 10-14, 1912 — On board the Titanic, Indy and Miss Seymour learn the background of the diamond from an Indian professor, who says it is sacred to the Indian people, and stolen from a temple long ago. Miss Seymour turns the diamond over to Khan. Indy finds himself preoccupied with an Irish stowaway, Molly Kincaid, who is fleeing police after causing property damage during a women’s suffrage march. [22]

April 15, 1912 — The Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg late the night before. Over 1500 people died, and Indy and Miss Seymour were among the 710 survivors who made it into the lifeboats. Khan gave the diamond back to Miss Seymour, trusting her to ensure its return. [22]

May 16, 1912 — Anna Jones dies of complications from scarlet fever. [13,23]

YoungIndianaJonesAndThePiratesLootEarly June 1912 — In mourning for his wife, Henry Jones tries to distract himself, signing himself up for a lengthy conference at Harvard University in Boston. He is accompanied by Indy and Miss Seymour, who take a few days to travel further up the coast to visit one of her friends, Miss Parsons, in Maine. Indy meets Miss Parsons’ niece Rachel, slightly younger than him, and the two of them explore Eagle Island and investigate stories of Captain Kidd’s lost treasure. Their activities actually uncover some of the real treasure, solve a local mystery, and supposedly lay to rest a restless ghost. [24]

Mid-June 1912 — Miss Seymour returns to England. The Jones’ house in Princeton is full of painful memories of Anna. Henry may blame himself, believing the illness that came upon her during their world tour never really left. When they return from New England, Henry takes a leave of absence from Princeton, packs up their belongings, and heads to as remote a location as practicable — Utah, near the “Four Corners” area, where he is taken on at a small college as a visiting professor. He teaches a few classes here and there, but is mostly focused on his Grail studies. Self-absorbed and distant at the best of times, in his grief Henry becomes emotionally unavailable and neglectful of his son. Indy had been a somewhat active Boy Scout back in Princeton, and now he throws himself into scouting to take his mind off his family situation.

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August 5, 1912  On a horseback Boy Scout trip to Arches National Park in southeastern Utah (just a few miles from his new home), Indy and his friend Herman Mueller break away from the main group to scout some caves. They discover a group of grave robbers who have found a golden crucifix belonging to Coronado.

Indy steals it from them, hoping to donate it to a museum. The men give chase through a passing circus train, leaving Indy with a bloody cut across his chin, (and a permanent scar) from his first use of a bullwhip, and a new phobia of snakes after tumbling into a vat of them. Indy hops off the train as it passes his hometown. He attempts to tell his father about what has happened, but his father, as usual, ignores him. The local sheriff makes him return the cross to the robbers, who turn it over to the wealthy man who had hired them, identified only by his panama hat. Speaking of hats, the good-natured leader of the grave-robbers (really not too different a guy from what Indy turns out to be in later years) can’t help but be impressed with the boy’s spirit. He gives him his fedora, and a few words of encouragement. [25]

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Late August 1912 — The loot from the robbery of a Durango, Colorado bank that took place three years earlier is hidden somewhere in the ancient cave dwellings of nearby Mesa Verde. Indy and his Pueblo Indian friend Jay believe they know where it is. To find it, they must confront the the recently-escaped robbers — the Butler brothers. Along the way, they meet the eccentric Coyote With An Eagle In His Mouth, who claims to be 750  years old and the last of the Anasazi. (He might actually be Billy the Kid.) [26]

Fall 1912 – Spring 1913 — Indy’s eighth-grade year at a small schoolhouse in Utah. He acquires his own bullwhip, and practices with it obsessively in the early mornings and after school. He also teaches himself to drive.[27] He earns money by weeding gardens and tending sheep. [28]

Spring 1913 — Indy goes on another Boy Scout-based adventure in a region known as the “Mountains of Superstition.”[29]

IndianaJonesAndThePlantationTreasureJune 1913 — At the conclusion of Henry’s academic year at the Utah college, he agrees to do a series of summer lectures at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Henry and Indy take a room in a boardinghouse. Indy and a Georgetown history professor, Dr. Walton, assist a young woman, Lizzie Ravenall, in tracking down her inheritance. To do so, they must follow a runaway slave’s cold trail along the old Underground Railroad from Maryland, through Pennsylvania, and ultimately to New York. With the information they uncover, they return to Lizzie’s ancestral plantation — now owned by a rival family — and recover the claim to her property. [30]

July 1913 — With a major paper to write, Henry realizes he will be less able than usual to supervise Indy. He sees an opportunity when he finds out a former Oxford classmate, Marcus Brody, is heading to Egypt on an artifact-buying excursion for the multi-branched National Museum, of which he is assistant curator. Henry convinces Brody toIndianaJonesAndTheTombOfTerror take Indy along for what will be his second visit to Egypt. Upon arrival, Indy heads off by himself to see the pyramids, but is almost robbed by his cabdriver. He is saved by the intervention of a Cairo street urchin, Sallah, who speaks several languages and offers to be Indy’s guide. He also offers to sell Indy a valuable ring. When Indy questions the motives and morality of this, Sallah admits his cousin has stolen the ring — but from someone who obviously stole the ring themselves. Indy suggests returning the ring to its “owner” and follow him until he led them to his source of purloined artifacts. The adventures that ensue see Indy aid in the defeat of a German grave-robber, uncover Tutankhamun’s tomb several years before Howard Carter officially did so, and cement a lifelong friendship with Sallah Mohammed Faisel el-Kahir. Marcus Brody, an Englishman and widower who has spent most of his adult life teaching and working in museums in the U.S., will become a close friend later. [28]

Upon his return, Indy squeezes in a quick visit to New Mexico, where he meets an old Navajo known as Changing Man. [7]

IndianaJonesAndThePrincessOfPerilAugust 1913 — His work in Georgetown concluded, Henry accepts an offer to come to the Russian province of Georgia and assist a wealthy Georgian, Fedor Kipiani, in researching the region’s role in the Crusades. Indy was originally supposed to stay with the family of his friend Herman Mueller, but Herman has come down with a case of the measles. So Indy finds himself and his father on a train bound for St. Petersburg to meet Kipiani. Their continuing journey to Tiflis, Georgia, sees them accompanied by a young Georgian princess, Tamar, who is being used as a symbol of dissidence and freedom by Kipiani, a hardcore Georgian nationalist. Indy liberates her from the monastery where she is being “protected,” but the pair find themselves abducted by an evil Zoroastrian fanatic who hopes to use her royal blood in a sacrificial ceremony to de-purify a “good” Zoroastrian fire temple on the coast of the Caspian Sea. They manage to escape, and Princess Tamar announces her plan to renounce the throne but continue the fight for Georgian independence. [27]

September 1913 — Preferring constant motion over dealing with his memories of Anna, upon leaving Russia, Henry signs himself up to be a visiting lecturer at Cambridge University in England for the fall term. Indy is enrolled at the Charenton Academy boarding school. Herman Mueller, whose archaeologist father is working on a major excavation of Stonehenge, joins him there. [31,32]

October 1913 — Indy spends his mid-term break with the family of his Charenton friend IndianaJonesAndTheGhostlyRidersCerdic Sandyford in Wales. Cerdic’s father is a coal-mine owner, and a progressive, compassionate one, who treats his workers well. This makes him a target for the more ruthless mine owners, who feel his methods stir up unrest among their own workers. The Sandyford mine is sabotaged, and the injured Sandyford is taken to the other family estate in Somerset to recuperate. His break cut short, Indy is on the train back to Charenton, where he overhears details about the people responsible for the sabotage. He leaps off the train (coincidentally, in Somerset) to avoid capture. As he makes his way, exhausted, across the English countryside, Indy has a mysterious encounter with what appear to be ghostly entities from the Arthurian era. They give him information that will lead him to a cache of 5th century treasure. He snaps out of his reverie on the Sandyford’s doorstep. The treasure turns out to be real, and is used to save the mining operation. [32]

IndianaJonesAndTheCircleOfDeath (1)December 1913 —  Harold Mueller’s father’s Stonehenge dig is experiencing bad luck, and Indy and Herman are constant victims of anti-American bullying at Charenton Academy, especially from a boy named Reggie Pengrave. Indy and his father are staying in the Muellers’ rented house over the Christmas holidays, which unfortunately is located quite near the Pengrave estate. Reggie and several local boys keep up the attacks on Indy, Herman, and also the house itself and its servants. Almost all of Mueller’s diggers quit after a series of supposed supernatural incidents. Indy and Herman investigate the Pengrave estate and discover that Reggie’s father was a member of a “dark Druid” cult that was angry over Mueller’s dig during their holiest day — the winter solstice. They also find out that the Arch-Druid is actually a German spy seeking secret Royal Navy plans in the possession of Pengrave. Herman is captured, and Indy escapes, but tumbles into an old burial mound. He makes his way out and sees that Herman has been marked for sacrifice in the cult’s solstice ritual. Indy manages to rescue Herman and reveal the Arch-Druid’s plans to Pengrave and the other Druids, many of whom are prominent community leaders and want nothing to do with actual human sacrifice. An artifact from the burial mound that Indy had taken protects him from the Arch-Druids magical attacks. The spy is captured, and the relationship with the Pengraves is repaired. [31]

Henry decides to return to Utah for the next academic term. [21]

January 1914 — As they are preparing for a return to the U.S., Henry and Indy visit the IndianaJonesAndTheJourneyToTheUnderworldBritish Museum, where Indy inadvertently damages an artifact. The artifact turns out to be a replica, as the real item, the Pietroasa bowl, was stolen not long ago by a mysterious Greek antiquities thief known as Kouros. Henry volunteers to delay their return to America and travel to Greece to consult with one of his Oxford mentors, Nigel Wolcott, an expert on Mediterranean artifacts and their acquisition, about how to follow the trail of the missing item. Indy does his own detective work, and with the aid of a retired Greek police officer and his daughter, Elyse, uncover the fact the Kouros and Wolcott are one and the same. Indy and Elyse barely survive a plunge into the icy Aegean and an encounter with an octopus. The Pietroasa bowl is recovered from Wolcott’s Athens residence. [21]

Late January 1914 — Indy and Henry arrive back at their stucco house in the Utah desert. Indy begins the second semester of his ninth grade year. Henry returns to his position at the little Utah college, and continues his intensive Grail research.

IndianaJonesAndTheCurseOfTheRubyCrossMarch 1914 — Henry travels to New York to work his way through the many university libraries in the area, focusing on Yale in New Haven, Connecticut and researching their Norman literature. As it is Indy’s spring break from his freshman year of high school, he accompanies Henry on this trip. They stay with Indy’s Aunt Mary (actually a second cousin once removed), who embarks on a Miss Seymour-style attempt to tutor Indy. Indy, considering himself on vacation, resists all instructions to visit art museums and write papers. He reconnects with Lizzie Ravenall, now a militant suffragette attending Barnard College, and befriends a young Sicilian labor organizer Roberto, who is in possession of a valuable family heirloom, a golden cross with an embedded ruby. When the Roberto’s cross is stolen and his tenement apartment burned down, Indy and Lizzie investigate. Their actions lead to the recovery of the cross (actually a sword hilt) and the exposure of a corrupt hotel baron. [33]

Early May 1914 — Indy’s school in Utah is destroyed by fire, and the academic year is cut short. Indy hopes to spend his extra few weeks of summer hunting for Native American artifacts, but his father has other plans. [34]

May 1914 —  Henry sends Indy to southern France town of Aigues-Mortes under theIndianaJonesAndTheGypsyRevenge supervision of Thornton N. Thornton IV, his young assistant professor. Thornton has been dispatched to possibly purchase a manuscript, and Indy is to accompany him to further his education. Thornton is skeptical of the fanciful story behind the manuscript, but it appears genuine. They purchase it — and are robbed of it almost immediately by gypsies. Believing the robbers were probably tipped off by Sarah, the young female palm reader they encountered earlier, Indy and Thornton travel to the nearby gypsy village. They find Sarah, who takes them to the gypsy group’s aged leader, Stefan. They have no knowledge of the manuscript theft, and agree to help them recover it. The trail indicated by the manuscript leads to a hidden crown, which rightfully belongs to the “King of the Gypsies,” but it has been stolen by a deranged descendent of Louis XIII, who plans on restoring the French monarchy. The plan is thwarted, and the crown is turned over to Stefan. Indy returns with the manuscript, which was all Henry was interested in anyway. [34]

IndianaJonesAndTheSecretCityJune 1914 — Indy and Henry make a lengthy stay in Turkey, where Henry continues his obsessive pursuit of Grail lore. They are joined for a while by Herman Mueller in Constantinople, and together he and Indy investigate the trail of a knife believed to be linked to the legend of Cain and Abel. Indy also makes a visit to the Turkish royal palace known as the Topkapi Saray. [35,36]

June 28, 1914 — The Jones’ Turkish sojourn is cut somewhat short when Henry hears of the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand on June 28, and they head back to the U.S. in anticipation of the instability to come. [35]

Summer 1914 Henry finally feels able to return to his former life in Princeton, so father and son say farewell to Utah.

Late September 1914 Henry Jones, Sr. had been settling back into his routine Princeton life when he got word of a collection of 600-year-old manuscripts by Marco Polo available only in China. He pulls Indy out of school, they travel to the west coast, and board a steamship, the China Maid, bound for Peking. [37]

Early October 1914 — As the China Maid nears Honolulu, she narrowly avoids being IndianaJonesAndTheMountainOfFireblown up by a saboteur, and comes into port only to discover a similar boat posing as the China Maid had already made off with all of her coal and provisions. It turns out to be an elaborate plan by the German freighter Ostwind, an intelligence-gathering ship that repeatedly violates U.S. neutrality laws to gain Germany the upper hand in the recently-begun world war. Over the course of helping to put a stop to these activities, Indy reunites one last time with Lizzie Ravenall (visiting her wealthy friend’s sugar plantation, her return delayed by an influenza outbreak), and attempts the Hawaiian pastime of “surf-riding.” [37]

YoungIndianaJonesAndTheFaceOfTheDragonLate October 1914 — After the Joneses leave Honolulu, they encounter troubles as their steamer is intercepted by a Japanese naval vessel. Young Indy discovers soon after that someone has smuggled a golden Chinese dragon statuette in his luggage, which he hides from the Japanese inspectors. Once they reach the mainland, the statuette becomes object of a desperate hunt by Chinese, Japanese and German factions. [38]

December 1914 — Peking is exploding into unrest and street YoungIndianaJonesAndTheEyeOfTheTigerriots, many of them targeting westerners. Henry and Indy arrange a hasty exit aboard the fully-loaded yacht of millionaire Asian art collector Amos Hungerford, who is leaving China under something of a cloud, being accused of stealing the art he could not buy. They travel west, stopping in the small Indian territory of Killahabad, where there is rumored to be a large collection of ivory carvings, and the locals have been having trouble with a rogue tiger. Indy befriends the Oxford-educated prince of Killahabad, Kasim Khan. On a massive, elephant-mounted tiger hunt, Indy confirms the region’s tiger troubles may be tied to a cursed gem recently discovered by Prince Kasim. Before they leave the area, Indy shames the unscrupulous Hungerford into not taking advantage of the cash-strapped Killahabad for its ivory collection. [39]

[1] The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones (AYIJ), Ch. 1: “My First Adventure”

[2] AYIJ, Ch. 3: “Perils of Cupid.”

[3] Indiana is described as a male dog everywhere but the AYIJ episode “Travels with Father,” where Indy refers to it as a “she.”

[4] AYIJ, Ch. 5: “Journey of Radiance.” A line in the later episode “Demons of Deception” indicates the Indian sojourn was lengthy.

[5] The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones.

[6] Raiders of the Lost Ark novelization

[7] Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi

[8] I will mention Indy visiting the New Mexico ranch every summer I can squeeze it in, to justify his frequent references in the novels to his having “grown up in the southwest.” This is obviously supposed to refer to the opening sequence of Last Crusade, which depicts Indy and his father living in Utah, but AYIJ — which came out halfway through the novel series — complicates this, using Princeton as Indy’s hometown. What turns out to be an a brief residency in Utah coupled with constant visits to New Mexico, in my opinion, allow him to have a deep childhood connection to the American southwest.

[9] Most sources have the Egypt portion set in May, but Indy is introduced to Miss Seymour as already being “nine years old,” which would place it after his July 1 birthday. There is nothing in the story preventing it from being pushed back a couple of months to make this bit of important establishing dialogue fit, so I have Indy’s parents announcing the trip to him in May. Also, Indy’s school year is not cut short, which would be a priority for the pro-education Jones parents.

[10] Indy’s choice between archaeology and linguistics is finally resolved in the novel Indiana Jones and the Peril at Delphi. His friendship with Lawrence is mentioned in several future episodes of AYIJ.

[11] This lengthy gap in the AYIJ narrative was cause by the re-shuffling of events for the DVD release. Florence, Paris, and Vienna were supposed to close out 1908, but this all fell apart when Paris — mentioned clearly as their first visit to Paris — was placed after Africa. The African events were tied too closely to actual historical events of 1909 to place it anywhere else. Dialogue in the Florence episode also refers to going to Paris “next,” so this has to become their second visit.

[12] AYIJ, Ch. 18: “Treasure of the Peacock’s Eye.” The events of the unproduced Jerusalem episode are briefly mentioned.

[13] Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide

[14] AYIJ, Ch. 2: “Passion for Life.”

[15] The Roosevelt hunting party was in British East Africa (now Kenya) from April to December of 1909.

[16] AYIJ, Ch. 11: “Oganga, the Giver and Taker of Life.”

[17] AYIJ, Ch. 4: “Travels with Father.”

[18] AYIJ, Ch. 19: “Winds of Change”

[19] AYIJ, Ch. 15: “Daredevils of the Desert.” The events of the unproduced Australia episode are briefly mentioned.

[20] AYIJ, Ch. 25: “Mystery of the Blues”

[21] Young Indiana Jones and the Journey to the Underworld

[22] Young Indiana Jones and the Titanic Adventure

[23] Several episodes of AYIJ indicate Indy is under the impression that she died of influenza.

[24] Young Indiana Jones and the Pirates’ Loot

[25] Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Specific dates suggested by “The Diaries of Indiana Jones.”

[26] Young Indiana Jones and the Lost Gold of Durango. Indy mentions he acquired his fedora “a couple of months ago.” What he means, of course, is “a couple of weeks ago.”

[27] Young Indiana Jones and the Princess of Peril

[28] Young Indiana Jones and the Tomb of Terror

[29] “Young Indiana Jones and the Mountains of Superstition”

[30] Young Indiana Jones and the Plantation Treasure

[31] Young Indiana Jones and the Circle of Death

[32] Young Indiana Jones and the Ghostly Riders

[33] Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Ruby Cross

[34] Young Indiana Jones and the Gypsy Revenge

[35] Young Indiana Jones and the Secret City

[36] Indiana Jones and the Genesis Deluge

[37] Young Indiana Jones and the Mountain of Fire

[38] Young Indiana Jones and the Face of the Dragon

[39] Young Indiana Jones and the Eye of the Tiger

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  1. krista higdon

    On Sat, Oct 21, 2017 at 6:08 PM Holy Bee of Ephesus wrote:

    > holybeeofephesus posted: “Remarks in italics are not taken from > explicitly-stated events in the canon material. They are my own > speculations, logical inferences, gap-fillers, and extrapolations based on > fragmentary references and passing mentions in the original sources. July > 1” >

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