Juan de Fuca's Strait: Voy­ages in the Water­way of For­got­ten Dreams

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By Barry Gough 9781550176179 Har­bour Pub­lish­ing Pa­per­back and maps 288 pp Au­gust 2013

I was look­ing for­ward to read­ing this book, hav­ing read some of Dr Gough's ear­lier works. The text starts well re­count­ing the lives and feats of the sea­far­ers, mer­chants, naval of­fi­cers and ex­plor­ers who searched for the fa­bled pas­sage from Pa­cific to At­lantic which of course never ex­isted. About half­way through the whole gist of the book seems to shift to a po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness theme and thus causes the book to fall apart. This caused me to give up read­ing the re­main­der. When a writer wants to in­clude 21st Cen­tury terms such as "First Na­tions", "Sal­ish Sea" and "Haida Gwaii" brings the rest of the manuscript into ques­tion. What other parts of this book has his­tory been as­suaged to change events to make peo­ple ap­pear ei­ther bad or good for po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness? This book be­longs in the trash bin. Very dis­ap­point­ing.

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