The Early Exploration of Inland Washington Waters: Journals and Logs from Six Expeditions, 1786–1792

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Richard W. Blumenthal
McFarland, May 13, 2004 - History - 224 pages
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For those armchair historians interested in the initial nautical exploration of inland Washington waters, this text is a significant addition to Northwest maritime history. Beginning in 1786 and continuing through 1792, The Early Exploration of Inland Washington Waters includes transcriptions of all of the logs and journals of the area's earliest explorers. This text follows the initial journey of John Meares, four intervening expeditions by the Spanish, and culminates with George Vancouver’s voyage in 1792. This fascinating read includes the first European descriptions of Puget Sound Country and the people who lived here. It also records the events and history surrounding the naming of many prominent locations in the area by Vancouver including Puget Sound, Whidbey and Vashon Islands, Hood Canal, Admiralty Inlet, Mounts Rainer and Baker, etc. Readers will also be fascinated by the numerous Spanish names including the Haro Strait, Port Angeles, Padilla Bay, Sucia, Matia and Patos Islands as well as many more which did not stand the test of time. We owe our history to these early explorers; this text brings them to life.

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Valuable from a historical perspective, but not all that great for just reading. Still, if you have grown up in the Puget Sound/Vancouver Island area, it is something that should be read. There are fascinating things to learn about the historic exploration of this region. Read full review


1 Meares Expeditions
2 Narvaez Expedition
3 Quimper Expedition
4 Eliza Expedition
5 Galiano and Valdéz Expedition
6 Vancouver Expedition
Muster Tables of Discovery and Chatham

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Page 12 - It is in this very latitude where we now were, that geographers have placed the pretended strait of Juan de Fuca. But we saw nothing like it; nor is there the least probability that ever any such thing existed.

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Richard W. Blumenthal’s first nautical experience was with an eight foot homemade dingy. After a 30 year career with phone company US West, he has devoted his energies to researching the early exploration of inland Washington water and investigating himself the Puget Sound aboard his forty-four foot Hatteras. He lives in Bellevue, Washington.

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