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.
Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America, 1792; Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra and the Nootka Sound controversy.
Before reaching New Zealand, Descubierta and Atrevida had visited the Rio de la Plata and the Falkland/Malvinas Islands in the South Atlantic; Valparaiso, Callao and Guayaquil on the west coast of South America; Panama, Nicaragua and Acapulco in Central America and Mexico; Port Mulgrave and Nootka Sound on the North West Coast of America; Monterey in California; Guam, Manila, Macao and Zamboanga.
The optimal grouping of these populations corresponded to four geographic locations: 1) Quatsino Sound, 2) Nootka Sound, 3) Clayoquot + Barkley sounds, and 4) southwest Vancouver Island.
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.
Harper's chapters on the Nootka Sound crisis, the debate over neutrality at the beginning of the French Revolution, and the Jay Treaty capture Hamilton's prudent efforts to build the strength Americans needed for war (while avoiding war as long as possible), and merit careful study.
Tsu-xiit showed up in Nootka Sound only days after the highly respected chief passed away, three years ago at 73 years of age.