HAVANA: The Portrait of a City by W. Adolphe Roberts

HAVANA: The Portrait of a City

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A two-section projection of a famous, and infamous, port divides into a history of the three eras, the old, the new and the suburban, with the second part devoted to tourists' interests. From its founding, the rich and lean years with Spanish, French, English and Dutch interests bringing their influences to the walled city; the connection with Louisiana, hurricanes, the impact of the American, French and Spanish revolutions; the effects of Humboldt's and Bolivar's contacts with it; the growth of patriotic and insurrectionist feeling; the many governors and, later, presidents of Cuba became libre, -- are all combined to present the temperament of a city. Then to the details of streets, religious, civic and institutional buildings, landmarks and sightseeing points, hotels and clubs, the Casino and the lottery, parks and beaches, racing and games, theatre and carnival, Negro cults and local culture, Havana cigars and perfume and restaurants, which affords a great deal of information for the newc and many out of the ordinary facts for the old hand Habanero. A helpful instruction book for background and travel planning.

Pub Date: Feb. 20th, 1953
Publisher: Coward-McCann