Hurtado Point
A point of land on the mainland east of Savary that was purportedly named for either

(1) Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, who in 1532 was sent by Hernán Cortés to explore the Pacific coast, or

(2) Joaquin Hurtado, a pilot aboard the Descubierta, one of the two ships on Alejandro Malaspina’s 1789–94 round-the-world expedition. Note that Atrevida Reef was named for the other ship in this expediation




Notes
1. Hurtado Point to Mace Point is the shortest distance between the mainland and Savary.

2. The Sliammon name for the point is Xéxaxgilh, meaning “shamans.” It was so-called because a pair of shamans — who were also double-headed serpents — lived there in caves.

3. According to KnowBC: "Mariner and historian John Walbran claimed that the source of this name was Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, sent by Hernán Cortés to explore the Pacific coast of New Spain N of Mexico. Hurtado set off with two vessels in 1532, but the voyage ended with his death, either by mutiny or at the hands of California’s aboriginal inhabitants.

However, on a Spanish chart engraved in 1795, based on Dionisio Alcalá-Galiano’s 1792 expedition, Puerto Hurtado (port, not point) appears just north of today’s Hurtado Point, at the approximate location of Lund.

Henry Wagner, a leading expert on PNW cartography, maintains that Puerto Hurtado was named in honour of Joaquin Hurtado, a pilot aboard the Descubierta, one of the ships on Alejandro Malaspina’s 1789–94 round-the-world expedition.

A transcription error may have resulted in the shifting of the name, as Spanish feature names were often abbreviated, and Pto (Puerto) is easily confused with Pta (Punta), especially on a poorly printed chart."
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