The West Indies and the Spanish Main
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The West Indies and the Spanish Main

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Coping with ill-iced claret, rotten walnuts, and withered apples, British Postal Service employee and successful Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope sailed aboard the Atrato from the English port of Southampton to Kingston, Jamaica, in November, 1858 to survey land and conclude treaties in the West Indies and Central America for the English government. In the course of his...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 20th 1999 by Carroll & Graf
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Anthony Trollope first published his book in 1860. In writing about Jamaica, he describes the plight of the English landowner. There are no slaves and the workers that are available for hire don't want to work, but to prefer to eat & live on the landowner's land. The workers are against immigration of people that will work. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that Jamaica is such a poor country.

Gives a good view of all the islands and the people on them, plus the authors opinions.
Matt Brant
Though there is the usual griping Englishman abroad, Tony starts off surprisingly genial. Must be happy to be in Jamaica after cold England. Things dove with the awful chapter on his views of the Negro, however.
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Recommended by Louis Theroux: I haven't read much travel writing, but I like Trollope, so I'll give this a try.
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Anthony Trollope became one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Some of Trollope's best-loved works, known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire; he also wrote penetrating novels on political, social, and gender issues and conflicts of his day.

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