HANNA , James




Author Tags: 1700-1800

Precious little literary information is available about James Hanna, the first British sea captain to visit Nootka Sound with the specific purpose of acquiring furs for trade in China, but his five or six week visit in 1785, during which he obtained 500 whole otter skins and humiliated Chief Maquinna with a practical joke, has been referenced in the journals kept by the Spanish after him, and there is a also reference to Hanna in the memoir by John Jewitt.

For a summary of Hanna's activities and literary background, there is an article by W. Kaye Lamb and Tomas Bartroli entitled James Hanna and John Henry Cox: The First Maritime Fur Trader and His Sponsor in Winter, 1989-90 edition of BC Studies (#84).

[BCBW 2005] "British" "1700-1800"