James Colnett, a veteran of James Cook'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'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's writings with extracts from
a second journal -- also previously unpublished -- by Andrew Bracey
Taylor, third mate on one of the ships under Colnett's command.
Also included are illustrations from Colnett'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.
Robert M. Galois is an adjunct professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia and is the author of Kwakwaka'wakw Settlements, 1775-1920: A Geographical Analysis and Gazetteer.
Maps Abbreviations Acknowledgments Introduction James Colnett Andrew Bracey Taylor Origins of Colnett's Expedition Vessels and Personnel Voyage of the Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal The Contact Process: The Northwest Coast and Hawaiian Islands Aftermath and Evaluation The Documents A Note on the Editing A Voyage to the North West Side of America: The Journals Part 1: Departure and 1787 Season [Preparations and Departure from London] Route from England to St. Jago and Transactions there From Cape de Verde to Staten Land From Staten Land Round Cape Horn To the Equator From the Equator to Nootka Transactions at Nootka A Description of Nootka and its Inhabitants Transactions from Nootka to Leaving Port Brooks From Port Brooks to Charlotte Isles and Transactions there From Port St. James to Anchorage on the Eastern Shore Remarks from America to Owyhee Part 2: 1788 Season Remarks at Owyhee and Other Sandwich Isles Rout from Oneehow to America Remarks from Prince William's Sound to Foggy Harbour Remarks from Foggy Harbour to Cape Edgcombe Remarks from Cape Edgcombe to Leaving Charlotte Isles Appendices 1 Route of the Princess Royal in 1788 2 Gitkxaala Contact Narratives 3 Place Names on the Northwest Coast: Colnett, Duncan, and Johnstone 4 Prince of Wales and Princess Royal Personnel 5 List of Illustrations Originally Appearing in Colnett's Journal Notes Bibliography Index