Cruising Among The Caribbees; Summer Days In Winter Months

Paperback | February 5, 2012

byCharles Augustus Stoddard

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895. Excerpt: ... XV ISLE DE MARTINIQUE FRANCE IN THE TROPICS--FOUNTAINS AND FLOWING WATERS MARDI GRAS AND WILD REVELRIES THE "SWIZZLE" AND ITS USES SNAKE STORIES EMPRESS JOSEPHINE, HER EARLY LIFE HERE AND HER STATUE--MADAME DE MAINTENON We had been looking forward to Martinique as the queen of the Caribbees, and in some respects were not disappointed. The island is one of the most beautiful in its outlines, admirably cultivated, peopled with lively and enterprising inhabitants, and full of sights and sounds which attract and entertain the traveller. Its lofty Montagne Pele'e is hooded with clouds a great part of the time, but now and then the summit is revealed, a mass of green, skypiercing and grand, supported by vast flanks that sweep in graceful undulations to the sea. There are luxuriant plantations, dense and dark forests, villages upon the high slopes, and two picturesque towns, St. Pierre and Fort de France, along the shores. The anchor of the Madiana dropped into the azure sea, and straightway a little fleet of coffinshaped boxes, propelled by naked boys each with two little paddles, came hurrying out to meet us. They had come as at St. Thomas to dive for coins, and soon they were plunging into the harbor after little silver pieces which the passengers lavishly threw overboard. The boys were quick to see the coins as they touched the water, and tumbled out of their queer tubs in a wild scramble for them. Long before the coin was out of sight, they had swam beneath it, and with the speed of fishes reappeared, holding the treasure high uplifted in their hands. This scene was repeated daily and at all hours, and the lithe brown bodies of these coin fishers became familiar objects about the vessel while we lay in the harbor of St. Pierre. The town is unique, a strange...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895. Excerpt: ... XV ISLE DE MARTINIQUE FRANCE IN THE TROPICS--FOUNTAINS AND FLOWING WATERS MARDI GRAS AND WILD REVELRIES THE "SWIZZLE" AND ITS ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217927955

ISBN - 13:9780217927956

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