White Slaves of the Nootka

White Slaves of the Nootka

Narrative of the Adventures and Sufferings of John R. Jewitt While A Captive of the Nootka Indians on Vancouver Island, 1803-05

Book - 1987
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On March 22, 1803, while anchored in Nootka Sound on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, the <i>Boston</i> was attacked by "friendly" Nootka Indians. Twenty-five of her twenty-seven crew were massacred, their heads "arranged in a line" for survivor John R. Jewitt to identify. Jewitt and another survivor, John Thompson, became two of some fifty slaves owned by Chief Maquina. Among other duties, they were forced to carry wood for three miles and fight for Maquina when he slaughtered a neighboring tribe. But their worst fear was the realization that slaves could be killed whenever the master chose. Since most of the Nootka wanted the two whites dead, they never knew what would come first - freedom or death. After Jewitt was rescued he wrote a book about his experiences which appeared in 1815 and became known as <i>Jewitt's Narrative.</i>
Publisher: Surrey, B.C. : Heritage House Pub., 1987
ISBN: 9780919214514
Characteristics: 126 p. : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. ; 22 cm


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