Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada


The Queen Charlotte Islands lie off the northern coast of British Columbia, separated from the mainland by the Hecate Strait. Juan Pérez was the first European to sight the islands in 1774. They were visited by James Cook in 1778, and named by Captain James Dixon in 1787, after his ship the Queen Charlotte.

The present population of all peoples in the Charlottes totals about 5,700. Because of their isolation, the islands are becoming a biologically unique area in Canada.

Official reports of the exploration of the Queen Charlotte Islands for the Government of British Columbia, by Newton H. Chittenden. 1884.

"A Curious Variety of Mazes and Meanders": The Voyages of Captain James Cook in the Global Eighteenth Century. UCLA Library Dept. of Special Collections Exhibit Catalog. 1999.


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