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Together with her younger sister Mary Ann, Olive Oatman (1837-1903), then aged 14, was captured and enslaved by a tribe of Native Americans who had massacred the rest of her family with the exception of a brother who was left for dead but survived. The sisters were later sold on to the Mohave people. Mary Ann died of starvation while in captivity but Olive later spoke with fondness of the Mohaves with whom she lived until her release aged 19, five years after her abduction. This account of the sisters' plight was first published in 1857 and became a bestseller, their story having caught the country's imagination. The royalties from the book, first published in 1857 and reprinted from the third edition of 1858, paid for Olive and her brother's college education. This reprint includes the original illustrations.