Sea Power and the Winning of British Columbia

By J. Holland Rose, Litt. D., published March 1921


Nootka Sound was first ‘discovered’ by a Spaniard, Perez, but James Cook was the first to undertake a full survey in 1778. He was followed by a few British traders buying furs from the ‘Indians’ and selling to China, who created the first foothold at Fort St George. This settlement was challenged by the Spanish, who seized British ships creating a major diplomatic dispute. When the Spanish backed down following the revitalisation of the Royal Navy, George Vancouver was sent in HMS Discovery to ‘repatriate’ the disputed lands and in the process chart Vancouver Island for the first time.

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Filed under: James Cook | Other (Eighteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

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