Isabella Lucy Bird (1831 – 1904) was a 19th century English explorer, writer and natural historian. Travelling widely in the USA, Asia, India, Australia and Canada, she rode on horseback (she was considered scandalous for not riding side-saddle!) for 800 miles through the Rocky Mountains and wrote a book about her experiences.
Following in the footsteps of Isabella Bird's 19th century trip to China
Isabella Bird: Tales of a pioneering adventuress in 19th century China - Victorian explorer and writer Isabella Bird travelled from Scotland to Australia and Hawaii. In an exclusive extract from a new book, Deborah Ireland follows her expedition to China
Miss Isabella Bird (1831 to 1904), English explorer, writer, and natural historian, in 1855 at the age of 22 years, sailed unescorted to Canada and travelled throughout North America, making several trips, then continuing around the world (Australia, Hawaii, Japan, Sinai, Malay, Persia, Kurdistan, Tibet, Korea, China, Morocco), and writing over a dozen books about her experiences.
Isabella Bird, Rocky Mountain explorer: In 1872 she set out to explore the Rockies on horseback, with just a pack horse and a guide. Read her remarkable story in my blog! http://stargazermercantile.com/isabella-bird-rocky-mountain-explorer/