The Album de Viaje of Eusebio Guiteras (1842-1845)


Nineteen-year-old Eusebio Guiteras left Matanzas, Cuba, in 1842 for a three-year tour visiting the US, Canada, France, Spain, Italy, and the Ottoman Empire, including Istanbul, the Egyptian pyramids, & Jerusalem. His travel journals are a unique source of observations and the connections that a young Cuban aristocrat was forming with the wider world.  

His three journals contain printed material he collected on his travels, including a form presented when he crossed Niagara Falls, and engravings of famous sights in Jerusalem, Egypt, France, and elsewhere.

He also did architectural sketches in Spain, Italy, and Malta, such as this section of column shown above from Pompeii.

Many travelers from the United States and Europe visited Cuba in the 1830s and 1840s. Guiteras’s “Album de Viaje” is significant and unique in that it is a Cuban traveling to the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.

Source: Eusebio Guiteras diaries, 1842-1868: Travel Accounts/Diarios de Eusebio Guiteras: Album de Viaje: