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Horatio Bridge's 'Journal of an African Cruiser' takes readers on a voyage through the waters of West Africa during a pinnacle period of maritime exploration and cultural exchange. Comprising vivid sketches of the Canaries, the Cape de Verds, Liberia, Madeira, Sierra Leone, and other significant localities, the narrative flows with a blend of keen observation and evocative description. The literary style is of its time, capturing the ethos of 19th-century travel literature, and its importance within the context of post-colonial studies holds up a mirror to a bygone era's perceptions and experiences in an African context, shedding light on the complexities of early interactions between the Western world and the African continent.

Horatio Bridge, a naval officer of the United States by profession, brings to his writing the discipline and detail-oriented eye of a seasoned sailor. His motivation to document the journey he embarked upon may have stemmed from a keen interest in the broader implications of America's expanding influence and his own personal encounters with the diverse cultures along the West African coastline. Bridge's accounts, simultaneously personal and historical, provide a multifaceted perspective of the era's imperialistic undertakings and the myriad cultural landscapes he traversed.

Scholars and aficionados of maritime history, African studies, and 19th-century travelogues will find 'Journal of an African Cruiser' a compelling addition to their collections. This special edition by DigiCat Publishing honors Bridge's work as an integral component of world literature and encourages readers to delve into an era where every incursion into unknown lands was as much about self-discovery as it was about charting new territories. It is recommended for those who wish to understand the nuances of early American-African relations and the textual representation of Africa through a Western gaze.


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Horatio Bridge, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Comprising Sketches of the Canaries, the Cape De Verds, Liberia, Madeira, Sierra Leone, and Other Places of Interest on the West Coast of Africa
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Peso (Físico)
Tamaño Archivo (Virtual)
DRM (Virtual)
Formato Electrónico (Virtual)
Journal of an African Cruiser
Biografía del Autor
<p>Horatio Bridge (1806-1893) was a notable American naval officer and author, distinguished for his service in the United States Navy and for his literary contributions. He is most well-known for his work \'Journal of an African Cruiser\' (1845), which chronicles his experiences serving on the United States Navy\'s African Squadron. His writings provided a vivid account of the early American naval operations along the western coast of Africa and offered insights into the cultural and political landscape of the region during the mid-19th century. Bridge\'s literary style combines a meticulous attention to detail with a scholarly narrative, capturing both the larger strategic significance of the African Squadron\'s mission and the day-to-day life of a naval officer. \'Journal of an African Cruiser\' reflects Bridge\'s keen observation skills and his ability to contextualize his experiences within the broader American maritime policy. The book remains a primary source for historians studying the United States\' role in curtailing the transatlantic slave trade and engaging with African nations during that era.</p>
ISBN: 8596547175971
Referencia: BW1037907332

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