Life on a Mexican Ranche

Lehigh University Press
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"This book consists of twenty-eight chapters written by Margaret Maud McKellar as articles that were sent to the Tapanui Courier, Tapanui, Otago, New Zealand, for publication at the turn of the century. The chapters relate the McKellar family's experiences in adapting to a totally new country after leaving New Zealand for Mexico in 1892."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Lehigh University Press
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Dec 31, 1994
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