TRAVELS IN AMERICA by Edouard de Montule


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This is an engaging account, in the form of a collection of letters, of a Frenchman's extensive travels through North America and the isles of the West Indies in 1816-17. M. de Montule was greatly impressed by the port of New York and the pulchritude of its women, had an interesting visit with Joseph Bonaparte, former king of Spain, at his home near Philadelphia, travelled up the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers by sidewheeler as far as Louisville. From Louisville, he continued his journey on foot, alone except for a packhorse, to Pittsburgh, Niagara Falls, and down the Mohawk and Hudson Valleys to New York City again. Much Gallic spirit spices de Montule's descriptions of the New World's people, places, poor inns and uncertain cooking, and he repeatedly reveals a Frenchman's accurate eye for the well-turned feminine ankle or form.

Publisher: Indiana University