George Vancouver (1758-1798)


Who: George Vancouver was an important explorer of the Pacific Northwest and Puget Sound areas. He served in the British Navy for 25 years and also was the captain of the Discovery expedition to the North Pacific.
What: Vancouver explored through the Strait of Juan de Fuca more in depth. His main assignment was to arrange meetings with Spanish representatives on Vancouver Island to calm the tension between the two groups.
When: In October of 1780 he received a lieutenant's commission. He was given the job of commander of the Discovery in December 1790. In April of 1792 is when he entered the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Where: Vancouver entered the Puget Sound above the entrance to Admiralty Inlet (He was the first recorded European to do this). Between Blake Island and Bainbridge Island is where he started to name different mountains and islands.
Why: While he was in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Vancouver named every waterway, island, and mountain in sight, including: Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, Whidbey Island, Vashon Island and much more (75 in all). Vancouver recorded and documented many important observations and proved to be very successful at map-making.

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