Homewaters — Articles related to the book

Here are a few articles I have written that relate to my next book, Homewaters: Human and Natural History in Puget Sound.

  • GeoducksHuman history – Encylopedia of Puget Sound
    HerringHuman History – Encyclopedia of Puget Sound
    The Strait of Juan de FucaHistory – HistoryLink.org
    Vancouver Names Puget’s SoundHistory – HistoryLink.org
    Hudson’s Bay Company Builds Fort NisquallyHistory – HistoryLink.org
    SS Beaver, 1st Steamer in Puget SoundHistory – Historylink.org

Here are two links to a talk at MOHAI I did related to the book. Puget Sound: A Maritime Highway, which is one chapter in the book.

Audio – SoundCloud 


John de Fuca’s Strait – Puget Sound Map 1797

Now we know what the Strait of Juan de Fuca could have been called. Or at least it could have been so, according to cartographer John Lodge, who engraved this map in 1797. Created to show the discoveries of Captain James Cook throughout the Pacific Ocean, the map also contains a few intriguing features in the Pacific Northwest.

The most obvious is one of the more original names for the long waterway that separates the future British Columbia from the future Washington State. I also like the spelling of Mt. Olimpius and Shoal Water, for what became Shoalwater and later Gray’s Harbor. And, despite the map coming out five years after George Vancouver named Puget’s Sound, it does not appear on the map. But then again, Mr. Lodge was highlighting Captain Cook’s discoveries. Curiously though Cook did not think that there was what he called the “pretended Strait of Juan de Fuca.”

Origin of this image of the map. Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps, Inc.

John Lodge's Map of Captain Cook's "Discoveries" 1797
John Lodge’s Map of Captain Cook’s “Discoveries” 1797
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