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By J Richard Nokes

Starting in 1786, Captain John Meares of significant Britain bravely explored the North pacific, yet his try and dominate the fur exchange among the Northwest Coast and Asia used to be annoyed while the Spanish military seized his ships off Vancouver Island. Meares neglected the chance to discover the Strait of Juan de Fuca or observe the Columbia River. consequently, he was once virtually a hero.

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W. , The Dixon-Meares Controversy (Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1929), 31. 5. Ralph S. 1 (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1980 [6th printing]), 22; Edwin N. McClellan, "Winee of Waikiki," Outrigger Forecast Magazine, April 1950. 6. John Meares was not the only early mariner who desired to establish fur-trading posts in the Northwest. " He noted that a post here and another in the Queen Charlotte Islands "wou'd engross the whole trade of the NW Coast with the help [of] a few small coasting vessells": Boit's Log, May 18, 1792.

Records of Bath Abbey reveal that Sir John Meares was buried February 6, 1809, and an inscription on a floor slab reads, "Sir John Meares, Bart. " British naval records state Meares died in 1809; the Bath Abbey records confirm that date and thus this must be the onetime pioneer mariner. These data leave in doubt, however, the date and place of Meares' birth. Navy records show he was commissioned a lieutenant when at "more than 22 years of age" in 1778, which would make his birth date 1756. It also would make him 53 years of age at his death, and not 45 as the inscription in Bath Abbey states.

Stockdale and G. W. , The Dixon-Meares Controversy (Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1929), 31. 5. Ralph S. 1 (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1980 [6th printing]), 22; Edwin N. McClellan, "Winee of Waikiki," Outrigger Forecast Magazine, April 1950. 6. John Meares was not the only early mariner who desired to establish fur-trading posts in the Northwest. " He noted that a post here and another in the Queen Charlotte Islands "wou'd engross the whole trade of the NW Coast with the help [of] a few small coasting vessells": Boit's Log, May 18, 1792.

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