José María Narváez (1768 – August 4, 1840) was a Spanish naval officer, explorer, and navigator notable for his work in the Gulf Islands and Lower Mainland of present-day British Columbia. In 1791, as commander of the schooner Santa Saturnina, he led the first European exploration of the Strait of Georgia, including a landing on present-day British Columbia's Sunshine Coast. He also entered Burrard Inlet, the site of present-day Vancouver, British Columbia.
Read more about José María Narváez: Early Career, 1788 Voyage To Alaska, 1789 Expedition To Nootka Sound, 1790 Reoccupation of Nootka, 1791 Explorations, Mexican War of Independence, Mexican Navy, Death, Memorials
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