Follow up to Vancouver Naming Puget Sound

Wow, turns out that my previous post about the image used by Mr. Butterworth in his book Zigzag Journeys in the Great Northwest; or, A Trip to the American Switzerland, didn’t actually show Mr. Vancouver and his men on Puget Sound. Turns out the image first appeared in The Romance and Tragedy of Pioneer Life: A Popular Account of the Heroes and Adventurers who, By Their Valor and War-craft, Beat Back the Savages from the Borders of Civilization and Gave the American Forests to the Plow and the Sickle, an appallingly racist title for a book. Written by Augustus Lynch Mason, the book came out seven years before Mr. Butterworth’s 1890 book.

Mason used the drawing, which is uncredited to an artist, in his discussion of the Moravians, a religious group that originated in Bohemia and Moravia, now part of the Czech Republic. He wrote of the persecution of the Moravians in America, which had led them around the time of the American Revolution to move to the Delaware River. As the title of the image from Mason’s book shows, it is not Mr. Vancouver in Puget Sound, but the Moravians on the Delaware.

 

My thanks to my pal Trileigh Tucker for pointing out this image discrepancy to me.Screen Shot 2017-11-06 at 11.46.23 AM

3 thoughts on “Follow up to Vancouver Naming Puget Sound”

  1. Note just looking at the introduction it is clear that as appropriate for that time the the native american was going to be wiped out because american society thought it was the borg “resistance is futile you will be assimilated” Which of course was the point of view in the early 19th century, …if we could just change these folks to farmers….

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