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1783, May 211821, Jan 7
an armourer who entered the historical record with his memoirs about the 28 months he spent as a captive of Maquinna of the Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) people on the Pacific Northwest Coast of what is now Canada. In 1802, an American captain, John Salter, invited him to sign on as an armourer to a round-the-world trip on his ship the Boston, out of Boston, Massachusetts. In 1803, the group were attacked and mostly killed; Jewitt became a captive for three years. In 1807, Jewitt published his Journal Kept at Nootka Sound. The interest generated by this journal prompted Richard Alsop to interview him extensively. This material culminated in the 1815 publication of 'A Narrative of the Adventures and Sufferings of John R. Jewitt...'.
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