Vancouver, George

VANCOUVER, George, British naval officer, explorer (b 22 June 1757, King's Lynn, England; d 12 May 1798, Petersham, England). As a young naval recruit he was appointed midshipman on James COOK's voyages to the S Pacific and the Antarctic (1772–75) and to the coast of BC and Alaska (1776–80). In 1791 Vancouver took command of his own expedition to the northwest coast of America with orders to survey the shoreline from California to Alaska and to resolve a disagreement with Spain over the...

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