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

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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 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 bygone era, reflecting the various impressions of visitors to one of the most alluring islands on earth.

"Creating both a literary project and an historical mini-course on the early nineteenth to middle twentieth century, the editor has gathered writings mostly by Americans in Cuba who tended to have a complex `love/hate relationship' with the place...In the end, most reveal their fondness for Cuba..."---Foreword magazine


Publisher Ocean Pr
Mfg Part# 9780980429213
SKU 212595355
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0980429218
Release Date 6/1/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0194
Publisher Ocean Press (AU)
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