Flores Island

Feature Type:Island - Land area surrounded by water or marsh.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: In Clayoquot Sound, NW of Tofino , Clayoquot Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 49°19'30''N, 126°08'58''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 92E/8
Related Maps: 92E/1

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 3 April 1934 on C340, as labelled on Vancouver's chart of the Coast of North West America, 1795, and on subsequent British Admiralty Charts.

Source: BC place name cards & correspondence, and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff.

"Named in 1791 by Lieut. Eliza after Don Manuel Antonio Flores, Knight of the Order of Calatrava, 51st Viceroy of Mexico, 1787-1789, .....he despatched early in 1789 the expedition under the command of Lieut. Estevan Jose Martinez from San Blas to Nootka, which led to the dispute between Great Britain and Spain...."

Source: Walbran, John T; "British Columbia Coast Names, 1592-1906: Their Origin and History"; published for the Geographic Board of Canada, Ottawa, 1909 (republished for the Vancouver Public Library by J.J. Douglas Ltd, Vancouver, 1971)