The Spanish on the Northwest Coast

For Glory, God and Gain

By (author): Rosemary Neering
ISBN 9781927527832
Softcover | Publication Date: May 20, 2014
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
144 Pages
$9.95 CAD

About the Book

They endured the torments of scurvy and the vagaries of deep fogs, adverse winds, and contrary currents. They suffered through appalling quarters and rotting food. They spent years away from their homes and families, never knowing whether they would return. Their orders from Spain might well arrive long after they were needed, six months or longer into the journey. For more than two centuries, Spaniards ranged the coast of the Americas, penetrating almost to the Bering Strait from their bases in Mexico and charting the convoluted coastline of the Pacific Northwest. Yet they persevered, establishing relationships with the native peoples and negotiating disputes with rival explorers from other countries, jubilant in their discoveries, saddened by their losses. And they did it all for the honour of their homeland, the glory of God, and the promise of gain. In the end, Spain would not prevail on the Northwest Coast, but the story of their efforts is one well worth telling—and reading.

About the Author(s)

Rosemary Neering was born in Croyden, England, grew up in Brantford, Ontario, and has been a resident of British Columbia for over thirty years. She is the author of more than forty non-fiction books for adults, teens, and children, most of which focus on Canadian history and travel with an emphasis on the lives of ordinary people. Her writing has won a number of awards, including a BC Book Prize for Non-Fiction for Down the Road: Journeys through Small-Town British Columbia and a VanCity Book Prize for Wild West Women: Travellers, Adventurers and Rebels. A full-time freelance writer since 1981, she lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Reviews

"The Spanish on the Northwest Coast is a superb introduction to the topic, clearly written, well researched, and filled with maps and illustrations. It is well worth a read." —Dave Obee, Times Colonist
"Neering's history brings alive the Spaniards' adventures when trying to claim the Pacific coast for their King and God, and also their own benefit." —BC Books for BC Schools