A HISTORY OF THE NORTHWEST COAST


Photo: Edward Curtis, circa 1918, Kwakuitl Bear dance, from the movie In the Land of the Headhunters















  • July 18, 1774 The Juan Perez' visit to Queen Charlotte Islands and later to Nootka Sound.
  • July 14, 1775 The Bodega y Quadra expedition, slaughtered in the surf at the hands of the Quinault.
  • March 30, 1778, The James Cook expedition receives a warm welcome at Nootka sound.
    First hand accounts of this fateful day, from the journals of Captain Cook and his crew.
  • The 1790's, the maritime fur trading years.
  • Ship based fur trade, the Indians had the upper hand.
  • March 20, 1799, William Sturges spends a night in a Haida village .
  • May 5th, 1799, The capture and the execution of a Tsimshian Chief.
    The amazing first hand account, of the capture of the Tsimshian Chief Scotseye, and his turnover to the rival Kaigani chief, followed by his dramatic public execution.
  • 1828, From F.P. Wrangle's report, its finally safe to travel among the Tlingit.
  • The 1830's, a struggle to establish a fur trading fort.
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