Nootka Sound


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Nootka Sound,

inlet of the Pacific Ocean and natural harbor on the west coast of Vancouver Island, SW British Columbia, Canada, lying between the mainland and Nootka Island (206 sq mi/534 sq km). The mouth of the sound was sighted (1774) by Juan Pérez, the Spanish explorer. The sound itself was visited by Capt. James Cook (1778), who was the first European to land in that region. John Meares, the British explorer, established a trading post on Nootka Sound in 1788. Its seizure by Spaniards in 1789 became the subject of a controversy between Spain and England over claims in the region. The Nootka Convention (1790) resolved the dispute and opened the N Pacific coast to British settlement.
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Currie, Noel Elizabeth 2005, Constructing colonial discourse: Captain Cook at Nootka Sound, McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal.
These were Captain Cook's two ships, at anchor in what is now known as Nootka Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Thus the diaries and drawings that Malaspina and his crew kept of their first encounters with indigenous peoples in Patagonia, Chiloe, Vancouver Island's Nootka Sound, Alaska's Yakutat Bay, and the Tongan Island of Vava'u, where later Western contacts permanently deformed local culture, are key anthropological documents.
The name nootkatensis relates to Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, where the tree was believed to be discovered.
On the other hand, what are we to make of President Jefferson's comment that "if the English do not give us the satisfaction we demand, we will take Canada, which wants to enter the Union," or the insistence of the "war hawks" of Tennessee that nowhere is it "written in the book of fate that the American Republic shall not stretch her limits from the capes of Chesapeake to Nootka Sound, from the isthmus of Panama to Hudson bay"?
In 1788, when Jane was thirteen, the Spanish constructed a fort at Nootka Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island, which had been visited earlier by both the Spanish and British and was now at the heart of the sea otter trade.
Vancouver literally threw up his hands and rightly wrote home for further instructions, and in the end the British got what was theirs in the first place, except to say that they, too, were obliged to withdraw from Yuquot and Nootka Sound leaving it terra incognita to a permanent presence from outsiders.
Tsu-xiit showed up in Nootka Sound only days after the highly respected chief passed away, three years ago at 73 years of age.
In 1789 there was also the possibility of war between Britain and Spain over the seizure of four British ships in Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada.
The Indians, chasing in two traditional dugout canoes, maintain the orca is the reincarnation of a late chief and say the whale should remain in Nootka Sound, off British Columbia.
Dalrymple apparently took some action in accordance with Knox's suggestion when war with Spain again appeared imminent over the Nootka Sound incident, for in the second edition of his book, published in London and Dublin in 1790, he said: