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Santa Saturnina

This map was first published in France in 1798, and is the first map to chart the Gulf of Georgia and the coastline around what is now the City of Vancouver. The map combined the explorations by the Spanish and English explorers in the early 1790s.

Although George Vancouver explored the area for about 2 weeks in June, 1792, it was the Spanish, a year earlier in 1791 under Jose Maria Narvaez, who were the first Europeans to sail the waters around Vancouver. Narvaez’s ship was called the Santa Saturnina.

Vancouver first met the Spanish in the area–Valdez and Galiano–on June 23th, 1792 at Point Roberts. The explorers compared maps and shared information, and met several times again before leaving the Gulf area for good–not having found the Northwest Passage.

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