Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands

TitleWonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1857
AuthorsSeacole, Mary
Number of Pages200
PublisherJames Blackwood
CityLondon
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Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands is the autobiography of Mary Seacole (1805-1881), a "Creole" woman from Jamaica, who was the daughter of a British officer and a Jamaican mother. Her fame in the contemporary public during and after the Crimean War (1853-1856) rivaled Florence Nightingale’s. Seacole had already worked as "doctores" in Jamaica and had helped soldiers and officers of the British colonial army during a Cholera pandemic. She had traveled widely before arriving in London in 1853, where her offer to volunteer as a nurse in the war was met with racism and refusal by the "Ladies Committe" that organized the voluntary nursing in the Crimea. Undaunted, Seacole set out independently to the Crimea, where she opend the "British Hotel" close to Balaklava and acted as a sutler, "doctores" and nurse. Told with energy, warmth, and humor, her remarkable life story and accounts of hardships at the battlefront offer significant insights into the history of race politics.

Translated TitleNew edition: Pinguin Books 2005
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