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A Voyage to the North West Side of America

The Journals of James Colnett, 1786-89

Colnett’s journal of this expedition is published here for the first time. Editor Robert Galois provides extensive annotations, along with an introductory essay addressing the geopolitical context of the voyage and the intellectual background that shaped the writing of the journal. Galois supplements Colnett’s writings with extracts from a second journal -- also previously unpublished -- by Andrew Bracey Taylor, third mate on one of the ships under Colnett’s command. Also included are illustrations from Colnett’s journals and a variety of maps, both contemporary and historical.

456 pages

Table of Contents





James Colnett

Andrew Bracey Taylor

Origins of Colnett’s Expedition

Vessels and Personnel

Voyage of the Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal

The Contact Process: The Northwest Coast and Hawaiian Islands

Aftermath and Evaluation

The Documents

A Note on the Editing

A Voyage to the North West Side of America: The Journals

Part 1: Departure and 1787 Season

[Preparations and Departure from London]

Route from England to St. Jago and Transactions there

From Cape de Verde to Staten Land

From Staten Land Round Cape Horn To the Equator

From the Equator to Nootka

Transactions at Nootka

A Description of Nootka and its Inhabitants

Transactions from Nootka to Leaving Port Brooks

From Port Brooks to Charlotte Isles and Transactions there

From Port St. James to Anchorage on the Eastern Shore

Remarks from America to Owyhee

Part 2: 1788 Season

Remarks at Owyhee and Other Sandwich Isles

Rout from Oneehow to America

Remarks from Prince William’s Sound to Foggy Harbour

Remarks from Foggy Harbour to Cape Edgcombe

Remarks from Cape Edgcombe to Leaving Charlotte Isles


1 Route of the Princess Royal in 1788

2 Gitkxaala Contact Narratives

3 Place Names on the Northwest Coast: Colnett, Duncan, and Johnstone

4 Prince of Wales and Princess Royal Personnel

5 List of

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