A voyage to the north west side of America : the journals of James Colnett, 1786-89 /
edited by Robert Galois.
Vancouver : UBC Press, c2004.
xiii, 441 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
0774808551 :
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Vancouver : UBC Press, c2004.
0774808551 :
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [406]-428) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-11-01:
Geography professor Galois (Univ. of British Columbia) first encountered James Colnett's journal some 30 years ago in the public record office, Chancery Lane, London. He was immediately enthusiastic about the manuscript as artifact and text, and now, three decades later, he has revealed the journal in detail, happily accompanied by extended introduction, appendixes, and notes. Also included is the journal of Andrew B. Taylor, who was third mate on one of the ships under Colnett's command. The combination of these two journals, coupled with a variety of other sources, reveals much about the European presence on the northwest coast of North America and in parts of the Pacific, and of indigenous reaction to that presence. Significantly, Colnett was sailing the Pacific at a time of growing British interest in that part of the world, made five voyages (in 13 years) across this greatest of oceans, and withal sailed three years with Cook. This book constitutes an invaluable resource for geographers, anthropologists, and historians of a bygone period. It will also interest some casual readers. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General collections; upper-division undergraduates and above. G. J. Martin emeritus, Southern Connecticut State University
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Unpaid Annotation
"The journal of James Colnett is the last unpublished account of the early maritime fur trade on the Northwest Coats. Between 1786 and 1789, Colnett's expedition traversed the coast from Prince William Sound to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Its members were the first Europeans to encounter the Tsimshian and the southern Heiltsuk, and the first to land on the southern Queen Charlotte Islands. The journal is reproduced with full scholarly apparatus, as well as extracts from a second journal by Andrew Bracey Taylor, 3rd mate on one of the ships in Colnett's command. Focusing on the expedition's remarkable encounters with the Native peoples of the Northwest Coast, Galois' introductory essay also addresses the geopolitical context of the voyage and the intellectual background that shaped the writing of the journals."
Main Description
James Colnett, a veteran of James Cook#146;s second voyage to North America, was an early participant in the maritime sea otter trade. Between 1786 and 1789 his two-vessel expedition traversed the Northwest Coast from Prince William Sound to Vancouver Island and wintered on the Hawaiian Islands. Along the way, he and his crew had some remarkable encounters with Native peoples of the Northwest Coast and the Hawaiian Islands: they were the first Europeans to encounter the Tsimshian and the southern Heiltsuk peoples as well as the first to land on the southern Queen Charlotte Islands. Colnett#146;s journal of this expedition is published here for the first time. Editor Robert Galois provides extensive annotations, along with an introductory essay addressing the geopolitical context of the voyage and the intellectual background that shaped the writing of the journal. Galois supplements Colnett#146;s writings with extracts from a second journal -- also previously unpublished -- by Andrew Bracey Taylor, third mate on one of the ships under Colnett#146;s command. Also included are illustrations from Colnett#146;s journals and a variety of maps, both contemporary and historical. This fascinating and informative account offers a new understanding of the early European presence in the Northwest and of Native responses to these developments. It will interest historians, geographers, and ethnographers of the Northwest Coast and beyond.
Table of Contents
A Voyage to the North West Side of America: The Journals
Departure and 1787 Season
[Preparations and Departure from London]p. 77
Route from England to St. Jago and Transactions therep. 79
From Cape de Verde to Staten Landp. 81
From Staten Land Round Cape Horn to the Equatorp. 92
From the Equator to Nootkap. 94
Transactions at Nootkap. 105
A Description of Nootka and Its Inhabitantsp. 112
Transactions from Nootka to Leaving Port Brooksp. 119
From Port Brooks to Charlotte Isles and Transactions therep. 125
From Port St. James to Anchorage on the Eastern Shorep. 138
Remarks from America to Owyheep. 166
1788 Season
Remarks at Owyhee and Other Sandwich Islesp. 169
Route from Oneehow to Americap. 204
Remarks from Prince William's Sound to Foggy Harbourp. 220
Remarks from Foggy Harbour to Cape Edgecombep. 227
Remarks from Cape Edgecombe to Leaving Charlotte Islesp. 234
Route of the Princess Royal in 1788p. 263
Gitkxaala Contact Narrativesp. 267
Place Names on the Northwest Coast: Colnett, Duncan, and Johnstonep. 276
Prince of Wales and Princess Royal Personnelp. 289
List of Illustrations Originally Appearing in Colnett's Journalp. 291
Notesp. 295
Bibliographyp. 406
Indexp. 429
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