Rough Notes Taken During Some Rapid Journeys Across the Pampas and Among the An…

Read by Sue Anderson

(4.6 stars; 6 reviews)

“Galloped on with no stopping, but merely to change horses until five o’clock in the evening—very tired indeed, but . . . saw fresh horses in the corral, and resolved to push on. At half-past seven, after having galloped a hundred and fifty-three miles, and been fourteen hours and a half on horseback got to the post—quite exhausted—I could scarcely speak . . . an hour before daylight was awakened by the Gaucho, got up, had some mate, mounted my horse, and as I galloped along felt pleased that the sun should find me at my work. . .”

Later in life nicknamed “Galloping Head,” for his exploits on the Argentine pampas, Sir Frances Head Bond, went to the Argentine in 1825 as mining supervisor for the Rio Plata Mining Association, a group of English speculators whose ill-planed and financially disastrous idea it was to send Cornish miners to re-open old gold and silver mines in the former Spanish colonies. His “Rough Notes,” often written in a staccato style that is surprisingly fresh, show a gusty, resourceful adventurer— riding across the Andes on mules who sank into snow above their knees at every step, obliging the riders to balance their feet on the mules’ ears; clambering down 250 feet of notched sticks to inspect a silver mine; foraging bluntly for food for his men in a land of scarcity: “We found they had got dry peaches and live goats. We put some of the former in a pot to boil . . . and because I was very hungry, I put a pistol to (the goat’s) ear, and in a short time he was roasting on the burning embers.” Sir Bond Head later served as lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada 1835-1837. (Summary by Sue Anderson) (7 hr 55 min)


Introduction 10:36 Read by Sue Anderson
Descriptive Outline of the Pampas 21:01 Read by Sue Anderson
The Gaucho 24:47 Read by Sue Anderson
The Town of Buenos Aires 18:10 Read by Sue Anderson
Mode of Travelling, Town of San Luis 27:14 Read by Sue Anderson
Gold Mines of La Carolina, Mendoza 16:49 Read by Sue Anderson
Courier's Throat Cut, Viscachas 20:13 Read by Sue Anderson
Province of Santa Fe, A Sabre for Pizarro 19:07 Read by Sue Anderson
The Pampas, Pizarro Dragged by a Horse 17:10 Read by Sue Anderson
The Pampas Indians 23:05 Read by Sue Anderson
Passage Across the Great Cordillera 21:35 Read by Sue Anderson
The Worst Pass in the Cordillera 26:39 Read by Sue Anderson
The Summit of the Andes 24:04 Read by Sue Anderson
Fleas and Figs, Santiago 24:41 Read by Sue Anderson
Convent at Santiago, A Christmas Dance 18:24 Read by Sue Anderson
Gold and Silver Mines: Caren, San Pedro Nolasco 28:22 Read by Sue Anderson
Into a Gold Mine Down a Ladder of Notched Sticks 17:53 Read by Sue Anderson
Dispute Over a River Crossing 24:42 Read by Sue Anderson
Breaking Wild Horses, Carriage Abandoned 26:04 Read by Sue Anderson
A Few Observations on Mining in South America 22:48 Read by Sue Anderson
Past and Present Value of the Mines 18:31 Read by Sue Anderson
Conclusion 23:19 Read by Sue Anderson


(5 stars)

very interesting account of travel on the pampas. the horse was so important in that era. I really enjoyed the adventure.