Document 22: George Vancouver Explores Puget Sound, 1792

George Vancouver, A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, and Round the World; in which the Coast of North-West America Has Been Carefully Examined and Accurately Surveyed: Undertaken by His Majesty's Command, Principally with a View to Ascertain the Existence of Any Navigable Communication between the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans; Performed in the Years 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, and 1795 (London: G. G. and J. Robinson, 1798), p. 232-244, 248-57, 284-86.

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Please note that many 18th century publishers used two types of s in printing—a medial s, frequently used in the middle of words, and a round s, similar to the one that we use today. The medial s looks nearly identical to the letter f. Thus, the word poffeffed actually means possessed. Although you may find reading this style of printing difficult at first, you should get used to it fairly quickly.



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