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Northwest Coast: British Navigation, Trade, And Discoveries to 1812

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ISBN 10: 0774803991 / ISBN 13: 9780774803991
Published by UBC Press, Vancouver, 1992, 1992
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Book Very Good (Minor bumping of heel of spine and one corner of head of spine) D. J. Very Good (General shelfwear with some nicks and surface scratches) A Volume in the Pacific Maritime Studies Series. Documents Britain's rise to preeminence in this farflung corner of empire through the adroit use of its Naval power, commercial interests, and diplomacy. Bookseller Inventory # 3285

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Title: Northwest Coast: British Navigation, Trade, ...

Publisher: UBC Press, Vancouver, 1992

Publication Date: 1992

Book Condition:Very Good

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The Northwest Coast was irrevocably changed the day that Captain James Cook sailed into Nootka Sound in 1778. Cook's discovery of the sea otter population along the coast initiated the maritime fur trade, which in turn led to feverish competition among several nations, especially Britain, Russia, and the United States, as well as the celebrated rivalry between Spain and Britain for control of Nootka. By 1812, a toehold of British empire was established, and the aboriginal way of life was shattered.
The Northwest Coast documents Britain's rise to pre-eminence in this far-flung corner of empire. It shows how the relentless activities of its commercial interests, the adroit use of its naval power, and the steely resolve of its diplomats secured British claims to dominion and rights to trade along the Northwest Coast. Written by a leading maritime scholar and based on fresh research into all known manuscripts and printed works on Pacific trade and exploration, this book incorporates new interpretations on exploration and commercial activity in this area, significantly updating and expanding the author's award-winning book, Distant Dominion. The Northwest Coast documents the interaction, often violent, between British sailors and aboriginal people; depicts many of the rivalries among British mariners; and examines various claims to the discovery of the Northwest Passage. Gough's compelling narrative combined with his extensive use of quotations from the journals and correspondence of explorers and merchant traders provide insights into the motives and attitudes of these early pioneers of empire.

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Barry Gough, sailor-historian, is past president of the Organization for the History of Canada and the Official Historian of HMCS Haida, Canada's most decorated warship. His acclaimed books on the Royal Navy and British Columbia have received numerous prizes, including the prestigious Clio Award of the Canadian Historical Association. Professor emeritus of Wilfrid Laurier University, he lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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