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The West Indies and the Spanish Main (1859)

by Anthony Trollope

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Witty but racist and obtuse account of the West Indies and parts of Central America in the late 1850s.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786706384, Paperback)

Coping with ill-iced claret, rotten walnuts, and withered apples, British Postal Service employee and successful Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope sailed aboard the Atrato from the English port of Southampton to Kingston, Jamaica, in November, 1858 to survey land and conclude treaties in the West Indies and Central America for the English government. In the course of his extended sojourn, he also wrote a book -- not about official business but rather about the islands he visited and the people he met; about breathtaking landscapes, exotic foods, the tropical climate, earthquakes, Panamanian railroads, Cuban cigars, racial hierarchies, and colonial customs.

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This 1859 travelogue is based on Trollope's 1858 journey to Jamaica and the Caribbean on government business. Along the way, he recorded his impressions of the places and people he encountered. While its racial attitudes are very much of its time, they are, at least, of historical interest, and his character sketches are, as one would expect, both amusing and insightful.… (more)

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