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History of Cuba; or, Notes of a Traveller in the T

Maturin Murray Ballou

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Havana. The landing was finally effected at midnight, between the 11th and 12th of August, and the steamer was immediately sent off to the United States for further reïnforcements. As it was necessary to obtain transportation for the baggage, General Lopez resolved to leave Col. Crittenden with one hundred and twenty men to guard it, and with the remainder of the expedition to push on to Las Pozas, a village about ten miles distant, whence he could send back carts and horses to receive it. Among the baggage were four barrels of powder, two of cartridges, the officers' effects, including the arms of the general, and the flag of the expedition. From[Pg 49] the powder and arms they should not have separated, but have divided that, against contingency.

In the mean time, seven picked companies of Spanish troops of the line had been landed at Bahia Honda, which force was strengthened by contingents drawn from the neighborhood. The march of the invading band to . . . Read More

Community Reviews

It is a great book for those who wish to see Cuba as more than "that socialist island". Shows a lot regarding the life and manner of the people of the time.
I enjoyed it much more than I though I would.