Mary also traveled to Panama to help her brother run a hotel. Many of the people who lived in Panama were suffering from a very serious illness called cholera. Mary nursed them back to health. As more people became better, more people got to hear of the good work that Mary was doing.
Mary and the Crimean War
In 1853 there was a great battle between Russia and Turkey. The battle is known as the Crimean War. Britain and France chose to help Turkey. When the soldiers from Britain went to Turkey they began to get sick with cholera.
As Mary had experience as a nurse, she decided to travel to London to see whether she could help the British soldiers.
When Mary tried to join a team of nurses led by Florence Nightingale, she was refused, even though she had helped a lot of people. But Mary would not give up. Mary decided to travel to Crimea using her own money.
After terrible battles during the War, many soldiers were wounded, but not being looked after. Many more were sick. The men were cold, dirty and hungry. Soldiers had to buy their own food. The Army did not look after them.
Mary Seacole opened the “British Hotel”. It was a hut made of metal sheets.