Impressions of Cuba in the Nineteenth Century: The Travel Diary of Joseph J. Dimock by Jr. PerezImpressions of Cuba in the Nineteenth Century: The Travel Diary of Joseph J. Dimock by Jr. Perez

Impressions of Cuba in the Nineteenth Century: The Travel Diary of Joseph J. Dimock

byJr. Perez, Louis A. PerezEditorLouis A. Pérez

Paperback | March 1, 1998

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Joseph J. Dimock's descriptions of Cuba in his travel diary provide a remarkable firsthand view of a fascinating period in the island's history. In the mid-nineteenth century, the United States was pursuing manifest destiny. The war with Mexico had resulted in a vast increase of national territory, and many north Americans wanted Cuba as the next acquisition. In addition to annexationist plots, Cuban life was marked by slave conspiracies, colonial insurrections, economic expansion, and political intrigue. Impressions of Cuba in the Nineteenth Century describes the social, economic and political conditions in the 1850s. Dimock's entries of his travels and observations as an American reveal details of Cuban agriculture, plant life, and natural resources. The diary also provides elaborate accounts of the sugar industry, extensive commentary on the daily live of slaves, Spaniards, and Cubans. Dimock's curiosity led him around the island, into prisons, salons, and other unusual places, resulting in a wide-ranging account of Cuban life. Impressions of Cuba in the Nineteenth Century provides a highly accessible, entertaining, and insightful look at Cuba.
Title:Impressions of Cuba in the Nineteenth Century: The Travel Diary of Joseph J. DimockFormat:PaperbackDimensions:151 pages, 8.44 × 6.46 × 0.42 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 February 1859 Chapter 3 March 1859 Chapter 4 Bibliographical Essay: Selected Travel Titles

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Joseph J. Dimock's descriptions of Cuba in his travel diary provide a remarkable firsthand view of a fascinating period in the island's history. "Impressions of Cuba in the Nineteenth Century" describes the social, economic, and political conditions in the 1850s. Dimock's entries of his travels and observations as an American reveal details of Cuban agriculture, plant life, and natural resources. The diary gives elaborate accounts of the sugar industry, and extensive commentary on the daily life of slaves, Cubans, and Spaniards. Cuban transportation, housing, and culture are also explored. Dimock's curiosity led him around the island, into prisons, salons, and other unusual places, which resulted in a wide-ranging account of Cuban life

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A fascinating look at mid-19th-century Cuba. Dimock makes many interesting observations on the people, fauna, and culture of Cuba, but perhaps more revealing are the racist and jingoistic attitudes he reveals when arguing that the United States could make Cuba a vibrant, rich economy instead of the disaster he felt the Spanish and Cubans had made of it.