At the Far Reaches of Empire: The Life of Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra (Google eBook)

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UBC Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 453 pages
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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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Contents

1 Beginnings
1
Part 1 The Explorer
11
Part 2 The Commandant
129
Part 3 The Diplomat
188
Appendixes
337
Glossary
361
Chronology
364
Abbreviations
370
Notes
371
Bibliography
421
Index
437
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About the author (2008)

Freeman M. Tovell served in the Canadian Navy duringWorld War II, and subsequently spent thirty-five years in the CanadianForeign Service, including ambassadorships to Peru and Bolivia. He wasForeign Service Visitor at the University of Victoria and has publishednumerous articles on Bodega y Quadra.

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