By Louise Chipley Slavicek
Ladies Explorers chronicles the lives of six intrepid ladies whose starvation for experience and data forced them on paths of discovery around the globe. Their discoveries not just introduced shops of knowledge on subject matters starting from old dinosaur fossils to lifestyles in Tibet, but in addition challenged the tested roles of girls of their fields. The daughter of a prosperous planter, Alexander used her inheritance to fund learn for her passion--the ordinary sciences. a number of dinosaur species were named in her honor, and her legacy keeps on the collage of California at Berkeley's museum of paleontology, for which Alexander supplied money and donated specimens.
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In the crater’s rough cinder terrain, the budding young naturalist would probably have made a point of searching out the celebrated silversword. This six-foot-tall, silver-leafed plant blooms just once during its 20-year life span, sprouting an enormous stalk of red-purple flowers before wilting and shriveling into a brittle gray skeleton. Extremely rare, the plant grows virtually no place else in the world except on Haleakala’s bowl-shaped summit. On her excursions up Haleakala, Annie would also have likely encountered another famous resident of the volcano: the Hawaiian goose, or nene.
Soon, the enterprising missionaries’ sons had acquired a steamship line to transport their raw sugar the approximately 2,000 miles from Maui to San Francisco and had established their first sugar refinery in the northern California town of Crockett, where the wellknown C & H (Californian and Hawaiian) brand of table sugar is still produced today. With his sugar and shipping businesses booming, Samuel Alexander could afford to have a large and elegant house built for his family in one of Oakland’s most exclusive neighborhoods.
On the contrary, Annie seems to have feared that the demands of marriage and motherhood would consume too much of her time and energy and rob her of her independence. “I saw Mary McLean Olney this morning,” Annie noted dryly in a letter to a female friend. ” 12 Frustrated in her efforts to establish a career for herself in art or nursing, in her late twenties Annie turned to travel as an outlet for her considerable energies. Her chief traveling companion during this period was her father, an insatiable globetrotter who spent a substantial portion of his newfound wealth on visiting such far-flung places as Iceland, Australia, Egypt, Scotland, and Peru.
Annie Montague Alexander: Naturalist and Fossil Hunter (Women Explorers) by Louise Chipley Slavicek