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Title: A voyage in the West Indies : John Augustine Waller's . . . "familiar view of the West India Islands"
Series Title: Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Harris, Jo Anne
Publisher: Digital Library of the Caribbean
Place of Publication: Miami, Fla.
Publication Date: September 15, 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
Subjects / Keywords: Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age
Caribbean Speaker Series
Spatial Coverage: Caribbean
Abstract: Presentation slides by JoAnne Harris for presentation as part of "Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age" Caribbean Speaker Series in September 2009.
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Caribbean Scholarship in the Digital Age

The Digital Framework
Archival Research
Physical access to texts/artifacts
Virtual digital representations
Historical Context
Rhetorical Analysis
Multiple Modalities (WOVEN)
Contemporary contexts
Digital delivery
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Two Case Studies

The Newspaper
- Overview
-Samuel Keimer: Universal Instructor
Pennsylvania Gazette,- Barbados
Gazette,- Caribbeana(1741)
Personal Account
- John Augustine Waller: A Voyage in
the West Indies

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March 11 1702 1735
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Tins following pages, which were not originally in- i h e tI d e a n e d d t
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many of the A~uthor's friends, and it being considered en rt i is r ad s w th he u ho '
that a familiar view of the West India Islands, and of
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SWe how continued to run down the coast, at the distance of
about two miles. On passing the small battery at Ponce-bay,
the Spaniards, to give us some idea of their bravery, fired one
gun at us, and we observed a very great bustle at their fort;
but pased on, without taking any notice of their fire, not a little
chagrined at finding no vessels in their harbours. Some of the
fishermen informed our pilot that a felucca had sailed from
PQnce two dayv before, and they believed she was still in a bay
to leeward. We here parted with our privateer, which we hadi
detained, and continued our course alung-shore to the west-
ward. We were frequently becalmed alter noon, and fre-
quently were assailed uy sudden gusts of wind, from three or
four differt'i points of the compass, in the space of five nminuics;
sometimes from two different points at the same moment.
About two o'clock, the mountains of Porto Rico presented a
scene truly sublime: their summits were buried in black clouds,
while the rain poured in torrents down their sides; and vivid
flashes of lightning broke incessantly through the black glorm,
to increase the awfulness of the scene. The allies, in the mean-
time, reverberated the deep and tremendous pe.ils of thunder,
which rolled without intermission on the mountain-tops. This
grand landscape we contemplated at the distance of three or
four miles; while we enjoyed, at the same time, a bright un-
clouded sun, an ocean as smooth as glass, and an atmosphere
not agitated by the least breath of wind. The privateer was at
the same moment encountering a very heavy squiil, not two
miles from us;-a phenomenon pretty common between the
tropics. This spectacle continued more than an hour, when
another very surprising phenomenon attracted our attention:-
it was a water-spout. I had never been able to conceive before
how a water-spout was formed, but had now an excellent op-
portunity of observing it from its very commencement. It
began close alongside the ship by a whirlwind, which put the
water into a rapid circular motion, forming a whirlpool, with a
deep depression in its centre like a well: the diameter of its
vortex appeared to me to be about eight yards. On the cir-
cumference of the well the water began to be elevated, at first
slowly, and, as it were, in foam; but, ha.vi gained an elevation
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sied us throgl* the pr~nsipal %irfcif tile. city. it seems in.
possible for a stranger to form atii idea of Tarxinarabo by a
mparison with any other towo; it j. altogetlirt rewriordinary,
and diffe~rlt front any I have ever scwen.
I have observed alre.dr that the principal street ial *ru y
broad, and planted with double rows of orange and llein ots
C-11 .1ch Ic J, 0)i,klv cuercd st;,h (ruki, w.3 forming an etgree..
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arnd square in the Uutch fashoan ; so tbat the houses on one side
cannot be seen from those on tie other, and oh11% noxv 310 then
by the passenspr in the middle of the street. The w .-o1e town
resembles at) immense garden, atounding with fruit. contsiler.
Ailv rn ak than could be consumed by thci nhawills,*, and
flording to the passenger a most pratefa1 liwfniuai and refresb-
tug .briia. The principal street is about a aslde its Iengil, and
there so several parallel to it not much less.: Aueet. 1s ect
ach other at Iig it .sIIgl. Thus the town occupies a prodigp-
ors space, of which at least one-salf is laid out to gprdesss.
A heavy thunder storm abour noon drove us Into Ihe b6-
rFacs, where we were accommodated ITy :Ifat oilers -Aith a
ce aigo. of linen and every thits we could dcte. I observed
here ev specttnensaod pe ctioms of nsrursul history, col.
lected y.the officers, which they had pUare-lh..s:J frlo tili ai-
liu~r .hr6ViKIIC. Of II Ic, olokni. There I.,t come daily to
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04 pee F (at rnei, ; .. ('1 rh1eu, jvlrl-l L3I-eii tllat Spes or
aaimsals, and a s I.rwty oh U. .. 00iidt, Which they will
often carve into scrNJo 3sit a ml.er ueilCp..AI, aui afterytawdsl
polF6h vcrv highly. I wva. ui.i .ViUIuir:i'Iie .t the tecight and
1 .rIlfle. of somre of these article, as ii ell .s Ikeu beauty ol the
veins. Blowe and "Fro% S ate cur. to lie objiej of commerce
m sth thes,; IndSmaii parties; and tife-armnv an ul smuniuun form
the mrost k.sirslWe arttcikS Of eschaug pistl uP, all aitOost irresitblW11 ItlAdlU`ot1, and the msot valu-
able collection of natural lriltry miUht be prixurtd (or these
trifles. Thv Starntes that Il 54 werv, hoth triern aid wome1In,
ChlifeIN Diked, eCrXfit a 1.iW1tt pi1r1ita 'ilol, Hwhich W.,
lt (4 Ii~d tieohimu to a nitimug ried roaunidL tlhe vui.i, ard pasiug
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