Legends Series: James Holman

Legends Series: James Holman
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James Holman (1786-1857) might just be the most prolific British adventurer you’ve never heard of.  In a time when the only people to travel the world were sailors, merchants, diplomats and a few naturalists, he did something unheard of: He traveled around the world on his own, purely out of curiosity and for fun. By 1832, he had circumnavigated the globe, and by 1846, he had visited every inhabited continent. He was also completely blind. In 1866, journalist William Jerden wrote, “no three of the most famous travelers grouped together would exceed the countries traversed by our blind countryman.”  He was correct; by the time he died, Holman — nicknamed The Blind Traveler — had traveled further than anyone is known to have traveled before, an incredible 400,000km.   Born in Exeter, Holman had always dreamed of travel. At the... .... Continue Reading at Explorers Web



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