“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Victoria in Capital Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific

European exploration in the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Les Européens explorent le Détroit de Juan de Fuca

European exploration in the strait of Juan de Fuca Marker image. Click for full size.
June 19, 2010
1. European exploration in the strait of Juan de Fuca Marker
Inscription. 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 années 1780, des rivalités de souveraineté et de négoce amenêrent des Européens sur la côte nord-ouest du Pacifique. Déjà connu des Premières Nations, le détroit fut nommé par Charles Barkley en 1782, qui y vit le légendaire passage transcontinental de Juan de Fuca, ce marin grec qui prétendit l’avoir atteint en 1592. Espagnoles et Anglais s’y engagèrent en 1792, contournèrent l’ile de Vancouver et prouvèrent qu’il ne s’agissait pas là 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 développement du commerce.
Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board
The Marker and Cairn image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Lester, July 24, 2013
2. The Marker and Cairn
of Canada (Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada).
Location. 48° 24.683′ N, 123° 19.233′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker can be reached from Denison Road 0.6 kilometers south of Beach Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Victoria, British Columbia V8S, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chinese Cemetery (approx. half a kilometer away); Sahsima (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); a different marker also named Chinese Cemetery (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Abkhazi Garden (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Abkhazi Garden House (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Tlikwaynung (approx. one kilometer away); Right Reverend George Hills, D.D. (approx. 1.4 kilometers away); William Edgar Oliver (approx. 1.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
More about this marker. Marker is in Gonzales Hill Regional Park, up a short steep trail from Denizon Road.
Additional keywords. Juan de Fuca
Categories. Exploration
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2010, by Tyler of Victoria, British Columbia. This page has been viewed 931 times since then and 24 times this year. Last updated on January 30, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1. submitted on July 4, 2010.   2. submitted on December 21, 2013, by Andrew Lester of Victoria, BC, Canada. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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