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COLONIAL DISCOURSES
Series One: Women, Travel & Empire, 1660-1914

Part 4: Women, the Americas and world travel

This fourth part concentrates on women's travels to the Americas and on round-the-world voyages. We also include a number of accounts of regions not previously covered in this series. The writings continue to tell us much about 'empire', both by conveying the imperial or anti-imperial attitudes of the travellers, or by exploring post imperial cultures in the Americas.

Frances Trollope, Fanny Kemble and Isabella Bird are perhaps the best known women travellers who have left records of their journeys to the Americas - but there are dozens of equally insightful, but lesser known works and these are reproduced here. For instance:

  • Frederika Bremer - Homes of the New World (1853, translated by Mary Howitt).
  • Lady Maria Callcott - Journal of a residence in Chile, during 1822 (1824).
  • Constance Frederica Gordon Cumming - Fire Fountains, the Kingdom of Hawaii (1883).
  • Florence Dixie - Across Patagonia (1880).
  • Mary Eastman - Dahcotah; or, Life and Legends of the Sioux (1849).
  • Mary Elisabeth Herbert - Geronimo (1872).
  • Susette Smith - Sketches of Bermuda (1835).
  • Catharine Traill - The young emigrants (1826) and Canadian crusoes (1852).
  • Ethel Tweedie - Mexico, as I saw it (1901) and America, as I saw it (1913).


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