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Sir James Edward Alexander (1803-85), an officer in the British Army, travelled the world extensively and published over a dozen fascinating accounts of his journeys. A passionate and intrepid explorer, Alexander was instrumental in ensuring the safe transfer of Cleopatra's Needle from Egypt to England in 1877. Demonstrating the same humour with which his writing is imbued, he later buried pictures of the twelve most beautiful English women of the time at the base of the Needle. Published in 1833, this two-volume work offers insights into the landscapes, peoples and practices of the Americas. With wit and eloquence, Alexander takes the reader with him on his adventures, but also provides significant commentary on the slave populations he encountered.
Table of Contents
Embark in a ship bound for South America
Land at Stabroek
Desire to visit the interior
On the Indian tribes of British Guiana
Settlers on the coast
Descend the Essequibo
The important question of the abolition of slavery
Visit the Morocco coast of Essequibo
Embark in a schooner bound to Barbadoes
Leave Enmore to make the tour of the island
The great hurricane of 1831
Sail from Barbadoes
Sail from Tobago
The British government judiciously preserves the laws of conquered colonies
Sail from Trinidad
Discourse on military matters continued
Sail in his Majesty's brig Reindeer for Jamaica
Summary account of the treatment of slaves under British masters
Sail in his Majesty's frigate Blanche for Cuba
Population of Havannah
Statistical account of Cuba
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