In To Cuba and Back, an account of what he called a “vacation voyage” in 1859, Dana tells of touring Havana and a sugar plantation; attending a bullfight; visiting churches, hospitals, schools, and prisons; and investigating the impact on Cuban society of slavery and autocratic Spanish rule.
About the Author
Richard Henry Dana (1815-1882), was an American lawyer and politician from Massachusetts. He contracted measles while a student at Harvard College. Told that a sea voyage would aid his failing eyesight, he procured a berth as a common seaman. His memoir of his experiences on that voyage became an American classic, Two Years Before the Mast (1840). As writer and lawyer, Dana was a champion of the downtrodden, from seamen to fugitive slaves.