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Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg (21 February 1851, in or near Vienna, Austria – 17 May 1918, Tribschen, near Lucerne, Switzerland) was an Austrian - American writer and traveller. He was consul of Venezuela in Switzerland (1888 - 1918). He completed 29 books and close to 700 journal articles.
Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg's origins are unknown. He had a daughter born out of wedlock who tried in vain to prove her family roots in the 1930s. In 2012 several research teams could not find more information, only in results published in 2017 it was demonstrated that Hesse-Wartegg was Austrian by birth, but adopted the US American citizenship in 1887. In 1878, he married the American opera singer Minnie Hauk (1851 - 1929). Starting 1889 they lived in their villa in Tribschen, near Lucerne, Switzerland.
Throughout his life he went on travels worldwide. In 1872 he went to South-Eastern Europe, 1876 was his first trip to the USA. Trips in the years 1880 to Tunis, 1881 to Egypt, and 1883 to Canada and Mexico followed, as well as several trips to the USA. His next important travels were 1887 to Venezuela, and 1892 to Morocco and Spain. In 1894 he went on a trip around the world with South and East Asia as major stops: India, Singapore, Hong-Kong, China, Japan and Corea. In 1898 he was back to China. A trip to the German colonies in the Pacific followed in 1900, and in 1901 he travelled to India and Ceylon. His last long trips were to Brazil in the years 1903, 1910 and 1913.
Mark Twain and Karl May, amongst others, borrowed from his geographical descrptions for their own works.Die Werkzeugmaschinen zur Metall- und Holzbearbeitung. Leipzig 1874
Der unterseeische Tunnel zwischen England und Frankreich. Leipzig 1875
Atlantische Seebäder. Vienna 1878
Prairiefahrten. Leipzig 1878
Nord-Amerika, seine Städte und Naturwunder, sein Land und seine Leute, Leipzig 1880
Mississippifahrten. Leipzig 1881
Tunis, Land und Leute. Vienna 1882; Wuppertal 2007 ISBN 978-3-8370-0729-9
Canada und Neufundland. Freiburg im Breisgau 1888
Mexiko, Land und Leute. Wien 1890
Tausend und ein Tag im Occident. 3 Bde. Dresden 1896
Die Einheitszeit nach Studenzonen. Dresden 1892
Chicago, eine Großstadt im amerikanischen Westen. Stuttgart 1892
Curiosa aus der Neuen Welt. Leipzig 1893
Andalusien. Leipzig 1894
Korea. Dresden 1895
China und Japan. Leipzig 1897
Schan-tung und Deutsch-China. Leipzig 1897
Siam, das Reich des weißen Elefanten. Leipzig 1899
Samoa, Bismarckarchipel und Neuguinea. Leipzig: J. J. Weber. 1902.
Indien und seine Fürstenhöfe. Leipzig 1906
Die Wunder der Welt. 1912
Zwischen Anden und Amazonas. Stuttgart 1915
Die Balkanstaaten und ihre Völker. Regensburg 1917
The caravan route between Egypt and Syria. By Ludwig Salvator, translated by Ernst von Hesse-Wartegg. 1881.
Tunis. The Land and the People. London, New York 1882
The New South-West. Travelling Sketches from Kansas, New Mexico, Arizona and Northern Mexico. London. 1883.
Across Nebraska by Train in 1877. Translated by Frederic Trautmann. 1984
Travels on the Lower Mississippi 1879-1880. Translated by Frederic Trautmann. Columbia. 1990