Travelers' Tales of Old Cuba: From Treasure Island to Mafia Den

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Few places are as fascinating as Cuba, which has drawn travelers ever since it was "discovered" by Columbus in 1492. Magnificently evoking the romance and drama as well as darker episodes of slavery and tyranny, this selection of journal entries, essays and guidebook commentaries begins in the days when Havana sheltered Caribbean pirate treasure ships and was the gateway to the Spanish empire in the New World.

Later chapters reflect the "American era" when the island was ...

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Overview

Few places are as fascinating as Cuba, which has drawn travelers ever since it was "discovered" by Columbus in 1492. Magnificently evoking the romance and drama as well as darker episodes of slavery and tyranny, this selection of journal entries, essays and guidebook commentaries begins in the days when Havana sheltered Caribbean pirate treasure ships and was the gateway to the Spanish empire in the New World.

Later chapters reflect the "American era" when the island was transformed into a glittering tourist and gambler's paradise operated by the Mafia.

Good travelers' stories should not only inform the reader but also fire the imagination. These tales are full of the flavor and manners of a bygone era, reflecting the various impressions of visitors to one of the most alluring islands on earth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780980429213
  • Publisher: Ocean Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 1,260,151
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Jenkins is an award-winning Australian poet and travel writer. He has published several books of poetry, two books on contemporary music, a libretto and several radio plays. In 2004, he won the prestigious international James Joyce Foundation Suspended Sentence Award, which took him to Dublin to teach at the Irish Writers' Center.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 The Invasion of Puerto del Principe, 1678 Alexander O. Exquemelin 1

2 The Aborigines of Cuba; A Slave Ship; Marti the Smuggler circa 1854 Maturin M. Ballou 9

3 A Letter from Cuba, 1834 Sophia Peabody Hawthorne 32

4 A Letter from Havana, 1849 William Cullen Bryant 36

5 Havana, 1859 Richard Henry Dana Jr. 45

6 Impressions of Cuba, 1859 Joseph J. Dimock 64

7 Havana, 1868 John Muir 79

8 An Enchanted Painter; A Taste of Cuban Prison Life, 1873 Walter Goodman 92

9 A Skirmish with The "Gringos," 1896 Graver Flint 112

10 Cuban Home Life, 1910 Irene A. Wright 117

11 From The Early Diary, 1922 Anaïs Nin 130

12 Terry's Guide to Cuba, 1929 T. Phillip Terry 134

13 Cuban Color Lines, 1930 Langston Hughes 143

14 Treasure Island, 1931 A. Hyatt Verrill 149

15 Aboard the "Pilar" with Hemingway, 1934 Arnold Samuelson 154

16 Afro-Cuban Religious Beliefs, 1946 Erna Fergusson 162

17 Havana Carnival, 1949 Patrick Leigh Fermor 167

18 In Havana with The Mafia, 1958 Frank Ragano Selwyn Raab 176

Notes on the Authors 189

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