Women On Adventure is a blog by K.L. Webber exploring our rich shared history of women's adventure writing. This curated collection of quotations showcases the opinions and experiences of influential female travellers in their own words.

"Those of us who could swim got to shore, and the rest perished."

I LEFT Panamá with my master, Juan de Urquiza, on a frigate bound for the port of Paita, where he had a large cargo. On reaching the port of Manta we were caught in such a hurricane that we heeled over: those of us who could swim — myself, my master, and some others — got to shore, and the rest perished.


Catalina de Erauso

Manta, Ecuador - year unknown


Source: Catalina de Erauso, trans., James Fitzmaurice-Kelly, The Nun Ensign, 1626

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"Never was distant expedition entered upon with less premeditation."