"The voyages of Cook and Vancouver heralded a vast influx of
irrepressible Europeans -- fur traders, whalers, administrators,
visitors, missionaries, miners, botanists, and sailors -- people of
every class and distinction. They came to conquer the Pacific, its
islands, and its continents for 'God, gold, and glory.' They
brought with them their morals, ideologies, knowledge, technology,
plants, and animals. They also brought diseases, rum, and guns.
They brought with them powers to build and powers to destroy."
-- from the Epilogue
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 toe-hold 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 the 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 known manuscripts and printed works on Pacific trade and
exploration, this book incorporates new interpretations on
exploration and commercial activity in this area. It 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
The Northwest Coast significantly expands and updates the
author's award-winning book, Distant Dominion. 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 the empire.
Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate?
Let us know about it.
Does this product have an incorrect or missing image?
Send us a new image.
Is this product missing categories?
Add more categories.
Review This Product
No reviews yet - be the first to create one!