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At the Far Reaches of Empire

The Life of Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra

Capitán de Navío Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra was the most important Spanish naval officer on the Northwest Coast in the eighteenth century. Serving from 1774 to 1794, he participated in the search for the Northwest Passage and, with George Vancouver, endeavoured to forge a diplomatic resolution to the Nootka Sound controversy between Spain and Britain. Freeman Tovell’s thorough and nuanced study presents this officer as a key figure in the history of the region. Bodega’s accomplishments place him in the company of Bering, Cook, Vancouver, La Pérouse, and Malaspina – those who advanced a better understanding of the geography, ethnography, and natural history of the area.

496 pages

Table of Contents

1 Beginnings

Part I: The Explorer

2 The 1775 Voyage on the Sonora

3 Preparations for the 1779 Voyage

4 The 1779 Voyage

5 Away from the North Pacific

Part II: The Commandant

6 The Nootka Crisis and the Spanish Response

7 The Administration of San Blas de Nayarit

Part III: The Diplomat

8 The Nootka Convention and the Expedition of the Limits

9 Bodega at Nootka

10 The Commissioners’ Negotiations at Nootka

11 Leaving Nootka

12 Results and Consequences of the Expedition of the Limits

13 Endings








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