Humboldt County Historical Society

Library Lecture Series

Monthly Programs Sponsored by the Humboldt County Historical Society

HCHS Events: Library Lecture Series

Library Lecture Programs sponsored and organized by the Humboldt County Historical Society are hosted at Humboldt County Library's main branch in Eureka on the first Saturday of every month (July, August, and February excluded). The programs are always FREE but capacity is limited - come early to reserve a seat!



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The Friendship of Bodega y Quadra and Vancouver with Pattie Fleschner

Trinidad Museum president Patti Fleschner transports us to the 18th century to witness the unlikely friendship of rival explorers of the Pacific Northwest, Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra of Spain and George Vancouver of England. It was Bodega y Quadra, with Bruno Heceta, who had sailed into Trinidad Bay in 1775, naming and claiming Trinidad in the name of Spanish king Carlos III. 

"It was inevitable that Spain and England would clash at some point," says Patti Flechner. "And that point turned out to be Nootka (Vancouver Island). Bodega y Quadra and George Vancouver were sent by their respective courts to settle the territorial dispute in Nootka. Patti Fleschner will illuminate how these two diplomat-navigators averted international violence.