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Due South or Cuba Past and Present

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Published: 1885
Language: English
Wordcount: 93,163 / 276 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50.5
LoC Category: GV
Downloads: 474
Added to site: 2009.09.30
mnybks.net#: 25417
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Travel

The endeavor has been to present a comprehensive view of the island, past and present, and to depict the political and moral darkness which have so long enshrouded it.

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nity. On first landing, everything strikes the visitor as being peculiarly foreign,--almost unique. The town is situated on the northerly front of the island, extending along the shore for a couple of miles, and back to a crest of land which rises to nearly the height of a hundred feet. This elevation is crowned by the residence of the English Governor-General, in front of which may be seen a colossal but not admirable statue of Columbus. The town boasts a small public library, a museum, theatre, several small churches, a prison, a hospital, and a bank. The government maintains one company of infantry, composed of black men, officered by whites. It must be admitted that they present a fine military appearance when on parade. Nassau has long been a popular resort for invalids who seek a soft, equable climate, and as it lies between the warm South Atlantic and the Gulf Stream it is characterized by the usual temperature of the tropics. There seemed to be a certain enervating influence in the atmosphere, under t

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