Caribbean Treasure

Caribbean Treasure

Caribbean Treasure

Caribbean Treasure

Excerpt

Rather than turn what follows into one of those endless rambling travelogues fraught with human interest, private misapprehensions, and succinct domestic wit, I have intentionally reduced any personal narrative to a staccato sprinkling of comings and goings. It was the jungle and the animals in it that we went to see and which interested me most. The accompanying kaleidoscope of excitements, amusements, disappointments, and worries, though of considerable importance to us, would, I am sure, be only an utter bore to anybody else. In any case it would be much better written by an experienced columnist who disliked all of us and myself in particular, and who would therefore alone be able to record it in its true perspective.

At the same time, a story without any apparent sequence would be somewhat irritating, especially if mysterious personages with but a single name kept popping in and out of it. In order to avoid both these opposing miseries, I offer a map of our wanderings reduced to its simplest possible terms, and herewith a few paragraphs of explanation.

My wife and I left England two days before the outburst of Christmas festivities at the end of 1936 and arrived in Jamaica strictly upon holiday. We then meandered about the West Indies, enjoying their beauties but lugging a collecting-case along with us. We had as much of a holiday as is possible for a keen zoologist and an equally keen photographer in lands so full of their particular raw materials. We ended up in Trinidad in February with the collecting-case full.

We could keep up the pretence no longer. The country was too fascinating and too full of interesting wild life; furthermore, it is in part covered with that jungle which we now know we cannot resist.

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