Spencer, Ia. Herald Printery, . pp. 18mo. Original printed card wrappers, stapled. Minor wear at edges and spine. Even tanning internally. Very good. Item #1891
Fascinating and unrecorded pamphlet that promotes land in Cuba to the adventure seeking and investment hungry citizens of Waterloo and Spencer, Iowa, following the Spanish-American War. The lots advertised here are primarily in Pinar del Rio, at the western end of the island, and on the Isle of Pines, which the land brokers and publishers of this pamphlet, Ewing & Bashor, extoll as, "A new Eden...where the principal demand for doctors is in raising oranges, grape fruit, pine apples, tangerines and tobacco -- where it is all the time distressingly healthy, and you never saw as enthusiastic and contented people anywhere on the face of the earth." The Isle of Pines in particular is noted as a locale with, "Numerous American colonies, and every one of them is in a most prosperous condition, with a constant increase in the number of American settlers." A variety of properties are extensively and enthusiastically described from large agricultural tracts comprising tens of thousands of acres to single residences. Several additional properties in Matanzas and Cienfuegos are also described. Nothing can be readily learned of the brokers pushing these opportunities, though the text states that, "Mr. Ewing has lived there [i.e., Pinar del Rio] for over six years." An excellent document of American enthusiasm for Cuba in the first decade of the 20th century; not in OCLC.