By Robert Galois
The magazine of James Colnett is the final unpublished account of the early maritime fur alternate at the Northwest Coast. among 1786 and 1789, Colnett’s excursion traversed the coast from Prince William Sound to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Its participants have been the 1st Europeans to come across the Tsimshian and the southern Heiltsuk, and the 1st to land at the southern Queen Charlotte Islands. The magazine is reproduced with complete scholarly gear, in addition to with extracts from a moment magazine via Andrew Bracey Taylor, third mate on one of many ships in Colnett’s command. concentrating on the expedition’s notable encounters with the local peoples of the Northwest Coast, Galois’ introductory essay additionally addresses the geopolitical context of the voyage and the highbrow history that formed the writing of the journals. This interesting account offers us a brand new realizing of early ecu presence within the Northwest and of local responses to those advancements. it is going to curiosity historians, geographers, and ethnographers of the Northwest Coast and past.
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But such naming carried multiple messages. It was also an act of symbolic appropriation and ideological peripheralization; it served to domesticate the “wilderness” and dismiss the indigenous population. Nor was naming limited to features of the landscape. Pratt argues that the compilation and organization of data on “natu- The Contact Process | 29 ral history,” the Linnaean project, equally served to efface local knowledge. 214 But practical as well as symbolic issues were involved. “Useful exploration,” in Beaglehole’s phrase, rested upon the navigator knowing “where he was ...
Meanwhile, Colnett, presumably with the agreement of John Etches, headed for the west coast of the Queen Charlotte Islands, hoping to duplicate Dixon’s success in that area (see map L, p. 137 This tactic brought only further disappointment as Colnett clearly misconstrued information received from Dixon. Rather than heading to Cloak Bay (Langara Island), the location of Dixon’s greatest trading encounter, Colnett proceeded to the vicinity of Hippa Island. Skins were no more abundant here than farther north but, on 8 July, Colnett received the first news of the activities of the Princess Royal.
The Tlupana and Muchalaht local groups, according to Marshall, were confined to the regions of the inner waterways. 232 When Colnett arrived at Nootka Sound in July 1787, he was repeating the itinerary of Cook and entering a region with a history of Native/European encounters. 233 Happenstance made Nootka the datum point and trading centre for early European visitors, and some of the local population were quick to respond. Europeans, identified as important new sources of wealth, were promptly incorporated into the preexisting geopolitical landscape.
A voyage to the North West Side of America: the Journals of James Colnett, 1786-89 by Robert Galois