The Hidden Journals: Captain Vancouver & His Mapmaker by Wade Baker and Mary Tasi sheds new light on the voyages of Captain George Vancouver and Lieutenant Joseph Baker, the mapmaker on HMS Discovery. As a boater, it is hard not to be curious about Vancouver and his voyages to the Northwest Coast from 1790-1795. Many of the places we cruise to bear the names of members of this voyage of discovery and now the cities of Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and Mt. Baker now have new meaning and a personality behind them. This book breaks through a number of previously known facts about Vancouver's voyage and starts to fill in many gaps with many new revelations.
The Hidden Journals Book ReviewIt is no coincidence that the co-author is Wade Baker, a First Nations descendent of Lt. Joseph Baker. His curiosity about his heritage started the authors on a journey of research into the real story of Vancouver's voyages.
Here are a couple of points from the book to peak your interest:
The story of The Hidden Journals: Captain Vancouver & His Mapmaker is intriguing and leaves many questions still unanswered that could have legal implications. It deals very frankly with how the British Admiralty felt about the new world and its people. It sheds light on how England and the European nations truly felt about the kings and queens of Hawaii and the Chiefs of the North Coast nations. Vancouver was a very good statesman, dealing with many language and cultural challenges. His superiors at the Admiralty were not in agreement, which may support why he was shunned when he returned.
If you are intrigued by the history of the Inside Passage and the voyages of George Vancouver, you will enjoy this book.
This books is available through the Waggoner Guide store.