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Review of Our west indian Neighbors by Frederick A. Ober

“Our West Indian Neighbors; The Islands of the Caribbean Sea, America’s Mediterranean: Their Picturesque Features, Fascinating History, and Attractions for the Traveler, Nature-Lover, Settler and Pleasure-Seeker”

This book was interesting in its historical context, especially about the volcanic disaster in St. Vincent in 1902 (2 years before this “travel book” was written). 50,000 people died when that volcano erupted, one of the greatest natural disasters in the western hemisphere. Some interesting facts and feelings about the islands and their different strengths and weaknesses. Hearing about them before Castro or the US purchase of the Virgin Islands is also very different.

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