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Yankee trader: The Diary of Robert Lorin Merwin, St. Croix, Danish West Indies 1886

Merwin, Robert Lorin

Editore: Antilles Press, 2001
ISBN 10: 0916611310 / ISBN 13: 9780916611316
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Titolo: Yankee trader: The Diary of Robert Lorin ...

Casa editrice: Antilles Press

Data di pubblicazione: 2001

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Riassunto: Robert Lorin Merwin left his native Connecticut in 1886 at the age of 23 to seek his fortunes as a businessman on the Caribbean island of St. Croix in the then Danish West Indies, present-day U.S. Virgin Islands. He landed a job with one of the most prestigious firms on the island and set about making a name for himself. He married Harriett Armstrong, a young woman from one of the island’s more prominent families and in a short time went into business on his own. The young businessman kept a diary of his experiences and impressions of his first year of island life, recording the sights, sounds, observations and experiences over a period of almost 12 months, starting with the first entry on January 1, 1886. Interwoven among those events in the diary entries is a moving love story. Above all, the narrative provides a fascinating picture of life in a West Indian sugar- and rum-producing island at a time when life was quite different from the St. Croix of today, at the beginning of the 21st Century In addition to providing the reader the reader with a vivid picture of island’s economic and social life at the end of the 19th century, it serves admirably, moreover, as an appropriate foundation stone for the history of one of the island’s foremost families.

Dall'editore: The diarist, Robert Lorin Merwin, was a young man of twenty-two when he was posted to the island of St. Croix in the then Danish Antilles and given the mission of establishing and managing a trading outpost for the New York City firm of L. W. & P. Armstrong & Company.

Gifted with a keen eye for detail, he undertook to record, as of the first day of January, 1886, his daily observations of people, places, things and events as they attracted his attention during the course of his activities as a young businessman. He showed a well developed appreciation for the vagaries of human nature and verbally painted some fascinating pictures of the diverse set of characters he encountered on the island.

Mr. Merwin's attention to the details of island living enabled him to provide the reader, over one hundred years later, with a bird's eye view of life on a tropical island owned and administered by the Kingdom of Denmark during a year that was full of unusual and exciting events. He almost completes the full year of reporting. His project appears, however, to have been brought to a halt by the flourishing romance which developed with the young island girl, Harriet McEwen Armstrong, whom he describes in the diary. The details of this developing romance gradually unfold as the diarist describes his various contrived visits to the home of her brother Robert. There appears in the pages of the diary in its entirety a letter written by the diarist to his mother in Connecticut describing for her in great detail the virtues and positive attributes of the girl he proposes to marry. It is a classic masterpiece and qualifies as a superb guide for young men contemplating matrimony,! not only in the late nineteenth century but for all time. It adds much additional flavor to the romantic tale that winds in and out of the diary entries during the course of the year 1886. He and Miss Armstrong were married on March 23, 1887 at Estate Bulowsminde, the home of her brother Robert Armstrong, overlooking the town of Christiansted, St. Croix.

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