Saturday, December 16, 2006

Bad Geography Leads to Trouble - by DONNA BARR

"NEAH BAY -- Makah tribal members Wednesday blessed ground where they had fought Spanish explorers more than 300 years ago.
The ceremony took place on the site of the fort of Nu^pbez Gaona, which is soon to become the tribe's Veterans Park.
Honorary Spanish Consul Luiz Fernando Esteban, Washington Lt. Gov. Brad Owen and Tribal Chairman Ben Johnson represented their governments."

The Spanish were trying to hold the entrance to what they thought was the Northwest Passage. But, alas, as one proceeds east, the Strait of Juan de Fuca soon runs out and the mighty Cascades loom.