Monday, March 26, 2012

BC - Captain James Cook

Captain James Cook, R.N. - 1778
Captain James Cook,

In March 1778, Captain James Cook of the Royal Navy became the first European to set foot on British Columbian soil when he visited Friendly Cove on Nootka Island.

While anchoring in Resolution Cove on Bligh Island, across from Friendly Cove, the natives hollered "itchme nutka, itchme nutka", meaning "go around" (to Yuqout), but Cook misinterpreted their calls, believing the name of the area to be Nootka.

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