A Voyage to the North West Side of America: The Journals of James Colnett, 1786-89

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UBC Press, Jan 12, 2003 - History - 456 pages
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James Colnett, a veteran of James Cook's second voyage to North America, was an early participant in the maritime sea otter trade. Between 1786 and 1789 his two-vessel expedition traversed the Northwest Coast from Prince William Sound to Vancouver Island and wintered on the Hawaiian Islands. Along the way, he and his crew had some remarkable encounters with Native peoples of the Northwest Coast and the Hawaiian Islands: they were the first Europeans to encounter the Tsimshian and the southern Heiltsuk peoples as well as the first to land on the southern Queen Charlotte Islands. Colnett's journal of this expedition is published here for the first time. Editor Robert Galois provides extensive annotations, along with an introductory essay addressing the geopolitical context of the voyage and the intellectual background that shaped the writing of the journal. Galois supplements Colnett's writings with extracts from a second journal -- also previously unpublished -- by Andrew Bracey Taylor, third mate on one of the ships under Colnett's command. Also included are illustrations from Colnett's journals and a variety of maps, both contemporary and historical. This fascinating and informative account offers a new understanding of the early European presence in the Northwest and of Native responses to these developments. It will interest historians, geographers, and ethnographers of the Northwest Coast and beyond.
  

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Contents

Vessels and Personnel
9
Aftermath and Evaluation
66
Route from England to St Jago and Transactions there
79
From Staten Land Round Cape Horn to the Equator
92
Transactions at Nootka 105
105
Transactions from Nootka to Leaving Port Brooks 119
119
From Port St James to Anchorage on the Eastern Shore 138
138
Remarks from America to Owyhee 166
166
Remarks from Foggy Harbour to Cape Edgecombe
227
Remarks from Cape Edgecombe to Leaving Charlotte Isles
234
Route of the Princess Royal in 1788
263
Colnett Duncan
276
Prince of Wales and Princess Royal Personnel
289
Notes
295
Bibliography
406
Index
429

Route from Oneehow to America
204
Remarks from Prince Williams Sound to Foggy Harbour
220

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About the author (2003)

Robert M. Galois is an adjunct professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia and is the author of Kwakwaka’wakw Settlements, 1775-1920: A Geographical Analysis and Gazetteer.

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