In 1856, a Medford lad of seventeen, Nathaniel Holmes Bishop, with forty dollars in his pocket, shipped before the mast and sailed to Buenos Ayres.
From there he tramped, with a caravan of natives and aliens, over the Pampas, the Cordilleras, crossed the Andes through the snow, dangerously alone, landed in Chili, where he shipped again for the long voyage around Cape Horn, and reached home with five additional dollars in his pocket.
The journal of this One Thousand Mile Walk Across South America is of thrilling interest, and filled with geographical and ethnological data and descriptions of the flora and fauna of the countries he traversed.
His interest in natural history was the incentive for making this unusual journey, and he brought home with him a rare collection.
He also wrote the Voyage of a Paper Canoe, from Quebec to New Orleans, via the Hudson River and Atlantic Waterways, and Four Months in a Sneak Box, both records of personal experience.
In 1853 a volume of sho