Alexander, Transatlantic Sketches


Alexander, Transatlantic Sketches


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This narrative was written by a traveler and retired Navy sailor who, "having already visited many parts of the Old World," sought commission from the British Royal Geographic Society to collect information on a variety of regions of the "New" World. His voyage began in London, and the author visited South America and several Caribbean islands before making his way through North America. He visited many cities in the United States and Canada, including even Wheeling, Virginia. Although seemingly mostly inclined to proffer physical descriptions of the places he visited, the author also commented on the culture of the natives he encountered, military matters, and "the condition of negroes."

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Transatlantic Sketches, Comprising Visits to the Most Interesting Scenes in North and South America, and the West Indies with Notes on Negro Slavery and Canadian Emigration


J. E. Alexander


Philadelphia, 1833


“Alexander, Transatlantic Sketches,” The Caribbeana Project at AAS, accessed February 8, 2023,

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