Excerpt from An Island of the Sea: Descriptive of the Past and Present of St. Thomas, Danish West Indies; With a Few Short Stories About Bluebeard's and Blackbeard's Castles
OF late years tourists are beginning to find their way to the West Indies. Their mild and equable clim... ate, beautiful scenery, the hospitable character of their in habitants, are thus becoming known; and as time rolls on, these islands will become as frequented as other routes of travel, recommended as interesting and de lightful to invalids and pleasure seekers. Most of the steamship lines bringing them call at St. Thomas. It is generally the first glimpse they get of West Indian life, its picturesque town and romantic old towers always exciting their curiosity. For such as these this book has been written, for in it will be found almost everything that is known about them. Should any thing be omitted, it is to be hoped that some excuse will be found; one cannot always particularize, especi ally where the exact items are wanting. The illustra tions will, no doubt, recommend themselves. They are reproduced from photographs by our local artists, to whom the thanks of the writer are due for their kind permission to use them.
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