At the Far Reaches of Empire: The Life of Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra (Google eBook)
Capitán de Navío Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra was themost important Spanish naval officer on the Northwest Coast in theeighteenth century. Serving from 1774 to 1794, he participated in thesearch for the Northwest Passage and, with George Vancouver,endeavoured to forge a diplomatic resolution to the Nootka Soundcontroversy between Spain and Britain. Freeman Tovell's thoroughand nuanced study presents this officer as a key figure in the historyof the region. Bodega's accomplishments place him in the company ofBering, Cook, Vancouver, La Pérouse, and Malaspina – those whoadvanced a better understanding of the geography, ethnography, andnatural history of the area.
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