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A Guide to Sterling Morton's Diary, "On the Spanish Main"

Finding aid prepared by Carl Van Ness

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
October 2011

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Morton, Sterling, 1885-1961
Title: Sterling Morton's Diary, "On the Spanish Main"
Dates: 1912
Abstract: A diary kept by Sterling Morton of a passenger ship cruise in the Caribbean.
Extent: 0.01 Linear feet. 1 item.
Identification: MS Group 112 2/2
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Sterling Morton was the son of Joy Morton, founder of Morton Salt and Argo Starch.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a 74 page, leather-bound diary kept by Sterling Morton of a trip to the Caribbean and Central and South America, January 17 - February 20, 1912. His wife, Preston Owsley Morton, accompanied him. The voyage began in New York City on January 20, 1912 onboard the SS Laurentia of the White Star Line. The ship traveled to Havana, Cuba first. From Havana, the Mortons rented a car and toured Matanzas. Subsequent ports called by the Laurentia were Santiago de Cuba, Port-Au-Prince, Kingston, Panama, Cartagena, Caracas, Port of Spain in Trinidad, Barbados, Martinique, St. Thomas, San Juan in Puerto Rico, and Nassau in the Bahamas. At each location, Morton describes the people and places. He also describes the passengers and onboard social events and speaks disparingly of the White Star's services.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sterling Morton's Diary, "On the Spanish Main", Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Caribbean Area -- Description and travel
Spanish Main -- Description and travel
West indies -- Description and travel

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