The Journey of Henri de Büren & win a copy of this book
December 21, 2013 by 19thcentury
Jean de Büren, a long time friend of this blog, wrote a book about his ancestor Henri de Büren. Here’s a short summary:
Blending adventure and social commentary, the journals and letters of Henri de Büren, a young Swiss nobleman, detail his grand tour from his family castle overlooking Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland, to the still youthful Americas of the 1850s. His voyage—on foot, horseback, and by boat—would take him through the Eastern United States, the waters of the Caribbean, the vast expanses of Mexico and the stunning lakes and mountain ranges of South America. Henri would not return home for two years.
Henri’s first-hand accounts of his travels in the New World reflect his observations on a variety of subjects: the grandeur of nature (made both from the vantage point of an artist and avid botanist); racial injustice and social inequality; his meetings with noted Swiss scientists such as Louis Agassiz; and his colorful encounters with European emigrants and wily government officials.
Henri’s journals and letters to his family, seeing the light of day for the first time in over 150 years, will fascinate readers who value wit, history, and the broadening qualities of travel. His thoughts and observations on the 19th century open a larger window into the past, one that shows at times how far we have come and at others how far we still have to go.
19th century travel journals and first-hand descriptions are incredibly popular right now, and with good reason. To really step in the mind of a person and see the world through their eyes really helps you understand and interpret history.
Jean is giving away 5 Ipad copies! That’s great news, right? A free book is always a good thing in my world. Simply leave a comment on this post, you can just state that you’re entering the contest or make it more fun and let me know if your ancestors were travelers as well! I’ll pick 5 winners and you’ll receive an Ipad copy of the book.