The year is 1891. In Tierra del Fuego, large expanses of "virgin land" are being converted to
sheep-raising. William Blain, an experienced shepherd, is hired to establish the "Springhill" ranch
in the northern section of the island. In forthright terms, Blain records his impressions, observations and
experiences. There are natural hazards to overcome, and unruly workers to control. Poignantly, he shows how
coexistence with the native inhabitants is difficult, and ultimately untenable.
[ For a later account from this same area, see
Letter from a New Zealander (1898)