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Journey to New Switzerland: Travel Account of the Koepfli and Suppiger Family to St. Louis on the Mississippi and the Founding of New Switzerland in the State of Illinois
     

Journey to New Switzerland: Travel Account of the Koepfli and Suppiger Family to St. Louis on the Mississippi and the Founding of New Switzerland in the State of Illinois

by John C. Abbott (Editor), Raymond J. Spahn (Translator), Kaspar Koepfli
 

This is the account of three members of a party that left Switzerland in 1831 to found “New Switzerland” 30 miles east of St. Louis.

Most of this work consists of the diary of 26-year-old Joseph Suppiger, charged with the logistics of the trip by his uncle, Dr. Kaspar Koepfli, the leader of the group. Suppiger recounts his adventures and observations

Overview

This is the account of three members of a party that left Switzerland in 1831 to found “New Switzerland” 30 miles east of St. Louis.

Most of this work consists of the diary of 26-year-old Joseph Suppiger, charged with the logistics of the trip by his uncle, Dr. Kaspar Koepfli, the leader of the group. Suppiger recounts his adventures and observations as the group made its way from Sursee, Switzerland, through France to the port of Havre, its 49-day sea voyage to New York, and its journey to St. Louis. In addition to the diary account of the journey, the book relates the group’s first year and a half at Highland, Illinois, the heart of New Switzerland.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809313136
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1986
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

John C. Abbott is the Head of Special and Re­search Collections, Lovejoy Library, Southern Illi­nois University at Edwardsville.

Raymond J. Spahn is Professor Emeritus of German at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

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