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HELEN JOSEPHINE SANBORN #100travelHERS | by sandrakaybee
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Birth: 1857; Maine

Death: 1917

Occupation: Translator; Co-founder of the Instituto Internacional in Madrid, Spain


Notable journeys: Accompanied her father on a coffee-buying expedition to Guatemala in 1884 and served as his interpreter. Later helped to establish a school in Madrid where women from North America could learn Spanish.


Notable work: A Winter in Central America and Mexico, which was described as a “bright and attractive narrative by a wide-awake Boston girl” in advertising copy


Quote: “Among the scores of books constantly coming into market, the writer feels that this one has no reason for being and no claim for attention, except from the fact that it treats principally of a country and a people as yet but little known, and rarely visited or written about. The narrative is a true, unvarnished tale; and our earnest desire and hope is that it may awaken in those who read a greater interest in, and regard for, that small, remote, almost unknown republic of Guatemala, which we shall always hold in loving remembrance.”

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Uploaded on February 7, 2017