West Passage, but was stopped in his voyage by ice. He was afterwards murdered in the Sandwich Islands by the natives. The Indians of the Pacific coast were anxious for beads, knives, and such things, and soon after Cook's visit fur-traders flocked to this new region, where some of them made large sums of money.
In 1788 one of these traders, Captain Meares, brought out ninety men to Nootka, on the west coast of the island we call Vancouver. He built and fortified a house large enough for all his men. But his defences were not