Guidebooks represent a kind of travel resource that is becoming less and less popular today as people rely more on the web to give them up-to-date information on the places they are traveling to. But in the era we are analyzing on this site, the turn of the 20th century, guidebooks were an absolute necessity to tourists. People relied on the information within them for everything they knew about a place before they went and while they were there; who lived there, the language, religion, what to see, where to stay. This meant that guidebooks were incredibly influential in shaping how Europeans saw the colonies they visited. For this reason, they provide a unique opportunity to study how the European colony of Algeria was portrayed during this time, and analyze how those perspectives shaped the colonial narrative. (SG)