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These are inaccessible to Europans, proverbially so. The exact mechanics of the barrier are still not clear, but we have seen a flashback where the British airship HMA Esther De Groot attempts the trip and is confronted by a shadowy/electrical figure of Godzilla type proportions in the midst of a storm; it is reported that the ship was subsequently destroyed.

However, in the past at least The Americas must not have been entirely inaccessible, since the Heterodyne Boys are known to have adventured for a time with an American Spark named Thundering Engine Woman[1], who traveled through Europa and became extremely popular there. Her current whereabouts are not attested, but it seems likely that she went home while the getting was good.

About fifty years ago the Steelgarter family apparently acquired some Araucaria araucana trees from the Americas.

One Heterodyne Brothers story begins with the duo relatively casually crossing the Atlantic Ocean to battle scent-zombies in Haiti; how true this tale is to real life is currently unknown.

In the third novelization, Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle, one of the airmen on Zola's pink dirigible was said to have seen "The Great Western Wall of Fire." Whether this is the same phenomenon the Esther De Groot encountered is unknown.

One Professor Vogel has devoted a good deal of time and effort to rediscovering the Americas, with interesting results.[2] He, or an associate, has sought volunteers among the students at Transylvania Polygnostic University, but unfortunately for him they're not that stupid .

Hristo Tiktoffen was apparently working for a group called the "Sons of Franklin," suggesting that there is still some sort of American influence on modern Europa.

The Royal Collection of Inconvenient Oddities in England includes among its inventory a globe which features a dotted line running down the middle of the Atlantic, separating the Americas (and Greenland) from Europa and Africa. (The globe also includes a large landmass in the middle of the ocean, on the Europan side of the line, which does not appear on our Earth's maps, but that's neither here nor there.)

Semi-Canonical Information[]

In an August 2020 "Ask Me Anything" session on Discord, the Foglios said that the main action of the comic will never visit the Americas.

The Girl Genius "GURPS" sourcebook, finally released by Steve Jackson Games in 2021, includes a section discussing The Americas, confirming that yes, travel to and from the Western Hemisphere used to be easier (if not easy) before some kind of deadly barrier abruptly sprang into existence in the middle of the Atlantic. It's so deadly it's not even clear to Europans what its exact nature is; people who now try to visit The Americas simply do not come back. The book also notes that thanks to a Sparky Toltec chemist, the Americas of Agatha's world were spared the widespread devastation of European diseases seen in our reality. Meaning that pre-barrier Europan explorers arrived to find much larger and more flourishing civilizations; what resulted from this interaction remains unknown.


References

  1. Not to be confused with the actress who pretended to be her in Master Payne's Circus of Adventure
  2. During a redesign of Professor Vogel's website, the article "Reaching the Americas: One Mad Scientist's Approach" was apparently lost. A link to an archived copy on the Internet Archive has been provided as a replacement.
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