BC Historical Books

BC Historical Books

BC Historical Books

A journal of Captain Cook's last voyage to the Pacific Ocean, and in quest of a North-West Passage, between Asia & America; performed in the years 1776, 1777, 1778, and 1779. Illustrated with a chart, showing the tracts of the ships employed in this expedition. Faithfully narrated from the original ms.... Ledyard, John, 1751-1789


"'First issued in parts to subscribers. no. 1 in June, 1783, no.2 in July':- Evans. Written from memory, supplemented by Rickman's account. Criticized severely by J.C. Beaglehole in his edition of James Cook's Journals (no.125), vol.3, pt.l, p.ccix. Ledyard was one of the earliest to see the possibilties of trade on the northwest coast. The most valuable section of the book refers to his independent journey to Unalaska."-- Strathern, G. M., & Edwards, M. H. (1970). Navigations, traffiques & discoveries, 1774-1848: A guide to publications relating to the area now British Columbia. Victoria, BC: University of Victoria, p. 169

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