Sep 12 2012
Posted by Jerry Steen as _Archive |
Juan de Fuca’s Strait delves into the stories of a host of explorers who went in search of a waterway connecting the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Canadian scientists are currently scouring this same waterway in search of ships that sunk while in search of Juan de Fuca’s fabled Northwest Passage. From internationally recognized author and historian Barry Gough, here is another riveting history of exploration on the high seas. The tale begins in sixteenth-century Venice, when explorer Juan de Fuca relayed to English merchant Michael Lok a fantastic story of a marine passageway that connected the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. This tale would be the catalyst for centuries of dreaming, and exacerbate the English and Spanish rivalry.
The search for the fabled Northwest Passage inspired explorers to seek out fame, adventure, knowledge and riches. This is a story of significant figures and great empires, jostling for a distant corner of North America. Gough delves into diplomatic records, narratives of explorers and court documents to illuminate the journeys of characters like Martin Frobisher, Francis Drake, James Cook and George Vancouver. A sea venture tied up with piracy, political loyalties and betrayals, all bound in a web of international intrigue, Juan de Fuca’s Strait is an indispensable contribution to the history of discovery on the Northwest coast.
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