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Harriet Chalmers Adams
Harriet Chalmers Adams (October 22 1875July 17 1937) was an American explorer, writer and photographer. She travelled extensively in South America, Asia and the South Pacific in the early 20th century, and published accounts of her journeys in the National Geographicmarker magazine. She lectured frequently on her travels and illustrated her talks with color slides and movies.
Botafogo bay and Copacabana, 1919, by H.C.
In 1904, Adams undertook her first major expedition, a three-year trip around South America with her husband, Franklin Adams, during which they visited every country, and traversed the Andes on horseback. The New York Times wrote that she "reached twenty frontiers previously unknown to white women."

In a later trip she retraced the trail of Christopher Columbus' early discoveries in the Americas, and crossed Haitimarker on horseback.

Adams served as a correspondent for Harper's Magazine in Europe during World War I. Later she and her husband visited eastern Boliviamarker during a second extended trip to South America.

From 1907 to 1935, she wrote twenty-one articles for the National Geographic Society that featured her photographs, including "Some Wonderful Sights in the Andean Highlands" (September, 1908), "Kaleidoscopic La Paz: City of the Clouds" (February, 1909) and "River-Encircled Paraguay" (April 1933). She wrote on Trinidadmarker, Surinammarker, Boliviamarker, Perumarker and the trans-Andean railroad between Buenos Airesmarker and Valparaisomarker.

In Adams' day, the National Geographical Society did not allow women as full members, so in 1925, Adams helped launch the Society of Woman Geographers, and served as its first president until 1933.

In all, Adams is said to have travelled more than a hundred thousand miles, and captivated hundreds of audiences. The New York Times wrote "Harriet Chalmers Adams is America's greatest woman explorer. As a lecturer no one, man or woman, has a more magnetic hold over an audience than she."

She died in Nicemarker, Francemarker, in 1937, at age 62. An obituary in the Washington Post called her a "confidant of savage head hunters" who never stopped wandering the remote corners of the world.

Of women as adventurers, she wrote
I've wondered why men have so absolutely monopolized the field of exploration. Why did women never go to the Arctic, try for one pole or the other, or invade Africa,Thibet, or unknown wildernesses? I’ve never found my sex a hinderment; never faced a difficulty which a woman, as well as a man, could not surmount; never felt a fear of danger; never lacked courage to protect myself. I’ve been in tight places and have seen harrowing things.

External links


Anema, Durlynn. Harriet Chalmers Adams: Adventurer and Explorer. Aurora, Colorado: National Writers Press, 2004.

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