The Remarkable World of Frances Barkley: 1769-1845

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TouchWood Editions, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 207 pages
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Frances Barkley was just eighteen when she became the first European woman to set foot on the west coast of North America. After a sheltered upbringing in England, Frances found herself boarding the Imperial Eagle in 1786 to set sail on an adventurous, round-the-world voyage with her husband, Captain Charles William Barkley.

With great wisdom and wit, Frances recounted her eight years at sea in her Reminiscences as she found herself in a wider world, helping her husband in his business, giving birth to her children, surviving the tragedy of a young daughter's death and meeting strange and foreign peoples. Today's place names of Barkley Sound, Frances Island, Imperial Eagle Channel and others on Vancouver Island-as well as the ship Frances Barkley-are standing memorials to the enterprising and courageous Barkleys.

Originally researched by writer Beth Hill, The Remarkable World of Frances Barkley has been expanded on by writer and historian Cathy Converse to bring the intrepid young bride and her world to life for a new generation of readers.

 

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Contents

The Trevors and the Barkleys
11
The First Voyage From Ostend
31
The Northwest Coast of North America
43
China
59
Mauritius and the End of the First Voyage
73
India The Second Voyage Begins
83
Alaska Hawaii and Cochin China
129
The Barkleys in England
161
Endnotes
183
Sources
191
Credits
203
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Cathy Conversehas been writing for over thirty years and has written and co-authored six books and numerous cover stories for magazines and journals. She is the author of Against the Current: The Remarkable Life of Agnes Deans Cameron. For more information, please visit cathyconverse.com.

Beth Hillwas the author of seven other books, including Indian Petroglyphs of the Pacific Northwest, Sappers: The Royal Engineers in British Columbiaand Seven-Knot Summers. She spent most of her adult life on Salt Spring Island, BC.

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