Carpatho-Rusyns in Cuba

On December 17, 1928, John Žinčak Smith and two of his daughters, Anne and Mary, departed from New York on the S.S. Belgenland on a four-month world tour. The Mahanoy City Record American reported that their route included stops at Havana, Cuba; the Panama Canal; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Honolulu, HI; Manila, Philippines; China; Japan; Siam; Bali (“a primitive land, where white faces are almost unknown”); India; Arabia; the Suez Canal; Alexandria, Egypt; Cairo, Egypt; Jerusalem; Greece; Italy; the Straight of Gibraltar; London, England; and Paris, France (“Banker John Smith to Leave on World Tour,” December 10, 1928).

During the first leg of their tour, Anne H. Smith sent an article to the Record American describing their journey to Cuba and through the Panama Canal. The article, “Smith Family Continue Tour Around the World,” appeared in the Record American on January 8, 1929.


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