Nootka Sound

NOOTKA SOUND is one of 5 major sounds indenting the west coast of VANCOUVER ISLAND. Capt James COOK named it after what he mistakenly believed the local people called it. Cook, who arrived with 2 ships in 1778, was the first European in the sound. One result of his visit was the beginning of a trade in SEA OTTER pelts; another was a diplomatic squabble between England and Spain over competing claims to the coast (see NOOTKA SOUND CONTROVERSY). The sound was home to the Mowachaht and Muchalaht,...

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