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Early writings from Southern Patagonia
Diary of a sheep-drive from the Río Negro to San Julián
700 miles through the empty lands of southern Argentina
Author: Thomas A. Saunders
Date: September 1888 — March 1889

January 7-23, 1889

[... get some mares and one] horse belonging to Hope. Left the campamento on the 8th. Came across the travesía to the tan [?] hills. Passed the pozos: not much water. Landed at the Río Chico on the morning of the 9th: 6 leagues.

10th,11th: Travelled across a point of the Río Chico on the 12th and 13th, 14th, 15th. Started again on the 16th to cross another point: 4 leagues. Track running along the foot of the ridge. 17th: Travelled up the riverside, and crossed a point about 8 leagues to Sauce Solo. Rested there on the 18th, 19th, 20th. Started again on the 21st and came up the riverside about 7 leagues. Passed the Frenchman on the track. Stopped there 22nd, 23rd. Started ...


hoers belonging to Happ
left campamento on the 8
com acros the travesear to the
tan Hills passed the possos
not much water landed at
the rei chico on the morning
of the 9.10th.11. traveled acros
6 leags [between lines]
a point of the rei chico an
the 12th and 13.14.15 started again on the 16th to cross another
point 4 leags track running
along the foot of the ridg
17 traveled up the river sider
and crosed a point about 8l
to soucy solo rested thair on the
18.19.20. started again on the
21 and cam up the river
side about 7L passed the
frenchman on the track
stopped thair 22.23 started