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A 40,000-Mile Journey Was Nothing for This 19th-Century Female Explorer

Posted by Jean-Yves on Mar 24, 2020

Harriet Chalmers Adams traversed Latin America on horseback, retraced Columbus’ route, and was the only female journalist allowed on the French frontlines of WWI.

In the 1880s, long before she became her era’s greatest female explorer, eight-year-old Harriet Chalmers travelled through the Sierra Nevada on horseback with her father. A few years later, at age 11, she impressed a local reporter in Santa Cruz when she swam 500 yards without resting. That same year she stopped her formal education to take lessons from her father and tutors.

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