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The first encounters between the native peoples of Canada and the Europeans took place on the East Coast, and it wasn't until many years later that natives on the West Coast began meeting the Europeans in much the same way.
David Hemblen plays Capt. James Cook in Canada: A People's History.
David Hemblen plays Capt. James Cook in Canada: A People's History.

By the nineteenth century, Europeans and Indians were into the third century of their uneven relationship but there had still been relatively little contact in the west.

The first prolonged visit was from the renowned English navigator James Cook, who anchored at Ship Cove (now Resolution Cove on Vancouver Island) for a month in 1778.

In the 18th century there were few British heroes greater then Cook. He seemed to have conquered the world with his explorations of Eastern Canada, Antarctica, Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia, and the Sandwich Islands.
Captain Cook, Public Arcives of Canada
Captain Cook, Public Arcives of Canada

Towards the end of his journeys, just after his discovery of the Hawaiian Islands, he headed towards North America's uncharted Northwest Coast.

There was still hope that there might be a Northwest Passage through the centre of the continent and Cook was trying to find its Pacific outlet.
William Cormack of the 'Beothic Institution' had his subject Shawnadithit draw the story of her people. (As portrayed by Pamela Matthews in Canada: A People's History)
William Cormack of the 'Beothic Institution' had his subject Shawnadithit draw the story of her people. (As portrayed by Pamela Matthews in Canada: A People's History)

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