Colnett’s journal of this expedition is published here for the first time. Editor Robert Galois provides extensive annotations, along with an introductory essay addressing the geopolitical context of the voyage and the intellectual background that shaped the writing of the journal. Galois supplements Colnett’s writings with extracts from a second journal -- also previously unpublished -- by Andrew Bracey Taylor, third mate on one of the ships under Colnett’s command. Also included are illustrations from Colnett’s journals and a variety of maps, both contemporary and historical.
Robert M. Galois is an adjunct professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia and is the author of Kwakwaka’wakw Settlements, 1775-1920: A Geographical Analysis and Gazetteer.