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1 James Cook 4,895 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
2 George Vancouver 624 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
3 David Thompson (explorer) 255 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
4 Simon Fraser (explorer) 178 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
5 Juan de Fuca 80 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
6 Vancouver Expedition 53 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
7 Juan Carrasco (explorer) 46 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
8 Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra 45 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
9 Peter Skene Ogden 41 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
10 John Gore (seaman) 39 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
11 John Meares 38 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
12 José María Narváez 37 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
13 Charles William Barkley 37 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
14 Pedro de Alberni 34 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
15 William Robert Broughton 30 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
16 James Hector 29 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
17 Samuel Black 27 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
18 Robert Brown (explorer) 26 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
19 Manuel Quimper 25 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
20 Francisco de Eliza 25 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
21 Juan José Pérez Hernández 24 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
22 James Colnett 22 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
23 Dionisio Alcalá Galiano 21 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
24 George Dixon (Royal Navy officer) 20 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
25 J. Norman Collie 20 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
26 James McDougall (explorer) 19 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
27 George Henry Richards 19 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
28 Gonzalo López de Haro 19 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
29 Salvador Fidalgo 18 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
30 Esteban José Martínez Fernández y Martínez de la Sierra 18 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
31 John Finlay (fur trader) 17 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
32 Francisco Antonio Mourelle 17 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
33 Peter Fidler (explorer) 16 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
34 Henry Spencer Palmer 13 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
35 Jacinto Caamaño 13 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
36 Richard Charles Mayne 13 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
37 Robert Campbell (fur trader) 12 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
38 Frank Swannell 11 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
39 A. B. Rogers 10 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
40 John Stuart (explorer) 9 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
41 James McMillan (fur trader) 9 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
42 Zachary Mudge 9 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
43 Alexander Caulfield Anderson 8 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
44 Vancouver Island Exploring Expedition 8 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
45 John McLeod (explorer) 7 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
46 William Downie 7 Sparkline of topic views for 2 weeks
47 Robert Burnaby less than 5 views
48 José Cardero less than 5 views
49 Walter Wilcox less than 5 views
50 Adam Grant Horne less than 5 views
51 Arthur Reid Lempriere less than 5 views
52 Ignacio de Arteaga y Bazán less than 5 views

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The following is a list of explorers of that part of Canada which would later become the province of British Columbia.

In terms of exploration, British Columbia was possessed of distinct peculiarities relative to other parts of British North America. In the first place, unlike eastern North America or the Prairies, Great Britain's major competition for establishing sovereignty in the region was Spain. Secondly, exploration of the interior of the region was hampered by the presence of numerous formidable mountain ranges, not least of which was the Rocky Mountains. It would not be until 1792 that the first European, Sir Alexander Mackenzie, made the overland trek to the Pacific Coast, almost twenty years after the coast had been initially explored by the Spanish navigator Juan José Pérez Hernández in 1774, and later claimed for Spain by the Spanish explorers Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra and Bruno de Heceta in 1775. The first formal colony was established in 1789 by the Spanish explorer Esteban José Martínez, who built a fort in Nootka Sound (prior to that there was only a trading post from the Englishman John Meares), but it would not be until the establishment of the intercontiental railroad that overland travel would be considered a practicable alternative to approaching the region from the ocean. Finally, interior exploration was spearheaded by employees of the Northwest Company, rather than by the Hudson's Bay Company, as was the case in Rupert's Land. This was due to the Northwest Company's desire to establish trading posts outside of the HBC's monopoly (all waters that drained to Hudson Bay).


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