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Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island Collection
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This is a collection of two booklets and many newspaper clippings from 1899-1981 regarding the "Lone Woman" of San Nicholas Island, who was supposedly abandoned and lived alone on a tiny island off the Southern California coast between 1836 and 1853.
Juana Maria (died 1853 October 18), better known to history as the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island (her birth name is unknown), was a Native American woman who was the last surviving member of her tribe, the Nicoleño. She lived alone on San Nicolas Island from 1835 until her discovery in 1853. Scott O'Dell's award-winning children's novel Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960) was inspired by her story.
0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
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