Thursday, March 7, 2013
What's in a Name?
Interesting tidbit from Wikipedia:
Lopez Island was given the name Chauncey Island, after the American naval commander Isaac Chauncey. When the British reorganized the official admiralty naval charts in 1847, Henry Kellett systematically removed many of Wilkes's names. He renamed the island Lopez, for Gonzalo López de Haro, the Spanish naval officer who was the first European to discover the San Juan Islands archipelago.
Somehow Chauncey Island simply doesn't have the same ring to it. And since I'm sure the Native Americans were there first, it might be interesting to explore this further and find out what THEY called it.