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Following Isabella: Travels in Colorado Then and Now Paperback – May 23, 2009
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Take, for example , the earliest travel writers in America. Columbus was one of them, who traveled to the Americas four times in the 15th Century and finally returned to Spain a broken man. And what about Cabaza de Vaca, who landed in Florida, ended up in Texas and wrote a tale of acculturation called, "Relation of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca." Thomas Harriot wrote a travel piece about Virginia, called "A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia", and shortly after its publication the entire Roanoke Colony disappeared. Isabella Bird whom Root is writing about is the author of "A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains". Root astutely points out that her title is something of a misnomer in light of the fact that she only spent three months in the Rocky Mountains, not a lifetime.
So my initial premise, that Root was doomed to write an impostor's tale because he came to the Rocky Mountains as a novice after twenty seven years of living in Michigan did not have any validity. I decided that a prerequisite of travel writing is a certain degree of cluelessness about the place that the author is writing about. Root's description of driving through Eldorado Springs and observing the rock climbers is a perfect example of his status as a newcomer.Read more ›