Excerpt from Tropical and Sub Tropical America, Vol. 1: January, 1908
To exploit the attractiveness of Havana as a winter resort would be a work of supererogation, and nothing remains to be recorded save the fact, which is obvious to every observer, that American energy and administration have re-created the old city. Yet Havana will always afford many a rare glimpse of Spanish architecture and customs. Its famous Morro Castle, the Cabanas fortress, the narrow streets of the shopping district, the broad ave nues lined with hispano-moresque houses, the quaint old churches, the massive forts encircling the city, - all of these are well worth a visit, be the traveller artist, student of history or but professional Sightseer.
From Havana the seeker after new scenes may go westward into Pinar del Rio, the province famous for its Vuelta Abajo tobacco, from which cigars for kings and princes are made. Or south ward to Batabano and the Isle of Pines. This island, famous for its thriving American colony, which has devoted itself chieﬂy to the cultivation of citrus fruits, is rich also in fine marble quar ries, mineral springs, and dense forests of pine: while the surrounding waters contain numerous wrecks of ancient treasure-laden galleons, which, despite the discouragements of treasure seekers in the past, may well repay some mod ern adventurer.
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