European exploration in the Strait of Juan de Fuca

European exploration in the Strait of Juan de Fuca (HMLSE)

Location: Victoria, BC 20003 Capital
Country: Canada
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N 48° 24.683', W 123° 19.233'

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Les Europ?ens explorent le D?troit de Juan de Fuca

Competition for sovereignty and trade drew Europeans to the Pacific Northwest coast in the 1780s. Although long known to First Nations people, the strait received its present name in 1787 when Charles Barkley identified it as the legendary transcontinental passage of Juan de Fuca, the Greek pilot who claimed to have ventured here in 1592. In 1792, Spanish and British expeditions entered the strait, circumnavigated Vancouver Island, and proved that this was not the Northwest Passage. Surveys from these voyages served the immediate territorial ambitions of rival European empires and provided a firm basis for later commercial ventures.

Dans les ann?es 1780, des rivalit de souverainet? et de n?goce amen?rent des Europ?ens sur la c?te nord-ouest du Pacifique. D?j? connu des Premi?res Nations, le d?troit fut nomm? par Charles Barkley en 1782, qui y vit le l?gendaire passage transcontinental de Juan de Fuca, ce marin grec qui pr?tendit L'avoir atteint en 1592. Espagnoles et Anglais s'y engag?rent en 1792, contourn?rent l'ile de Vancouver et prouv?rent qu'il ne s'agissait pas l? du passage vers le Nord-Ouest. La connaissance du lieu soutint les ambitions territoriales des empires rivaux d'Europe et permit par la suite le d?veloppement du commerce.
Placed ByHistoric Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada)
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 11:57am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10U E 476279 N 5362075
Decimal Degrees48.41138333, -123.32055000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 48° 24.683', W 123° 19.233'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds48° 24' 40.98" N, 123° 19' 13.98" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 111 Denison Rd, Victoria BC 20003, CA
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