George Vancouver, the man probably best known for his naming rights to the island in British Columbia, was attempting to sail around the world - until he ran into California in April 1792.

Vancouver, an Englishman born June 22, 1757 was heading east from the Sandwich Islands - otherwise known as Hawaii - when he first encountered the state, just south of Cape Mendocino.

He veered northward traveling along the coasts, passing Del Norte County, Oregon and Washington. While on this journey, Vancouver sent one of his leuitenants, William Robert Broughton, to explore the Columbia River. Broughton then discovered and named Oregon's Mt. Hood.

As Vancouver traveled further along the coast he found Puget Sound, spending nearly a month traversing the channels and islands, and continued on to Vancouver Island.

In 1794, after sailing along the Pacifc Coast, Vancouver decided to return to England. This trip, around Cape Horn, concluded his circumnavigation of the world - and his career.

He retired to Petersham, a town outside of London, to prepare a journal of his travels for publication.

The manuscript, which was a half a million words long, was near completion when Vancouver died, May 12, 1798 at 40 years-old.

Vancouver is credited with naming Vancouver Island, Vancouver, British Columbia and Vancouver, Wash.

- Triplicate staff


About This Series

Del Norte County turns 150 this year. To celebrate our county's storied history, The Daily Triplicate will carry an article, about the past 150 years, in each edition for the rest of the year. We continue with a look at the first European expeditions to the area.