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My First Travels in North Americaby Isabella Lucy Bird
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A woman ahead of her time, Isabella Bird (1831-1904) ranks among the most adventurous travel writers of her era. In this captivating travelogue, she reports to her sister back home in England on a series of journeys through nineteenth-century Canada and the United States. Bird recounts with passion and sensitivity such sights as wigwams on Prince Edward Island and Quebec's romantic falls of Lorette, in addition to dark encounters with cholera, slavery, and harrowing storms at sea.
Bird, whose youth was marred by illness, was advised by her physician to travel. With a budget of 100 pounds from her clergyman father, she ventured off to North America on the first of many journeys. Her later expeditions included forays to the Middle East and Asia, yielding books of discerning observations that have entertained and enlightened readers for over a century.
One of the 19th century's most adventurous travel writers offers vivid accounts of her journeys through Canada and the United States, from scenic vistas to dark encounters with cholera and slavery.
One of the most adventurous travel writers of the 19th century recounts her journeys through Canada and the United States. Drawing from letters to her sister, Bird passionately details the sight of wigwams on Prince Edward Island and the romantic falls of Lorette in Quebec — plus dark encounters with cholera, slavery, and storms at sea.
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