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The magazine of James Colnett is the final unpublished account of the early maritime fur alternate at the Northwest Coast.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 equipment, in addition to with extracts from a moment magazine by way of Andrew Bracey Taylor, third mate on one of many ships in Colnett’s command. targeting the expedition’s awesome 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 attention-grabbing account offers us a brand new figuring out of early eu 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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Native peoples, Morton wrote, “are the natural, and in the strictest sense of the word, the legal possesors of the several regions they occupy. ”189 Distance (and the comforts of Europe) enhanced expectations about the behaviour of Europeans overseas and instructions issued to subsequent expedition commanders often invoked “fair and considerate treatment” of Native peoples. Portlock, for example, was to “establish friendly relations,” admittedly for the purpose of trade rather than science. ”190 Among navigators, naval and otherwise, Cook represented the epitome of an enlightened approach towards Native peoples.
Pidgins would develop to fill this void, but only a few word lists, for a few locations, were available to the early followers of Cook. 225 The availability of salmon, concentrating energy from a vast area of the North Pacific Ocean, permitted what was probably the densest population of non-agricultural peoples anywhere in the world. Locally, however, the accessibility of salmon runs varied with environmental conditions and, from one year to another, with reproductive cycles. Thus, a considerable array of other marine and land resources was utilized.
Articulated with and supported by a powerful scientific and technological apparatus, it was shaped by the imperatives of dominion and trade. 202 A reviewer of John Meares’ book put the matter nicely in 1790. ”203 Colnett was fully aware of this relationship and his role in promoting it. ”204 To some extent, this represented further massaging of his own image, but the difference between the “scientific” voyages of Cook or Vancouver and the hybrid “commercial” expeditions of Colnett or Portlock was a matter of degree rather than kind.