For armchair historians interested in the earliest exploration of inland Washington waters, this text brings Northwest maritime history to life. Beginning in 1786 and continuing through 1792, The Early Exploration includes transcriptions of the journals and logs of our first explorers. This text follows the journey of John Meares in 1786, four expeditions by the Spanish including José Maria Narvaez, Manuel Quimper, Francisco de Eliza, and Alcala Galiano/Cayetano Valdéz and culminates with George Vancouver’s detailed exploration of our inland waters in 1792.
While in our waters, Vancouver gave us about two dozen place names. Some of the more well-known include Mounts Rainier and Baker, Vashon and Whidbey Islands, Hood Canal, Port Townsend, and Admiralty Inlet. The Early Exploration explains the reason for Vancouver’s names and when named for an individual, the book includes a short biography of that person.
Readers will also be fascinated by the numerous Spanish names including the Haro Strait, Port Angeles, Padilla Bay, Sucia, Matia and Patos Islands as well as many more which did not stand the test of time.
6 x 9 Perfect Bound, 214 pgs