From my Triond page: Over the course
of our history in the Pacific Northwest, there have been various cultural expectations that have influence the encounters between various groups of northwest people. The Mexican born Spanish people, British and Native American people have encountered each others’ cultural differences for several centuries.
According to Weber (1998), the Spanish, mostly from Mexico were “the first non-Indian settlements in the region. Many of them resided on Vancouver Island and in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Research suggests that relations between the Spain and Britain have improved over the years. There was a plaque in Vancouver that read;
“It was dawn for Britain, but twilight for Spain”…King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia of Spain spent several days in Vancouver. In anticipation of their visit, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada removed the plaque and replaced it with a new one designed to give no offense to Iberian sensibilities. The Board had thoughtfully removed the words “dawn for Britain, but twilight for Spain” (p. 1).
Read more: History of The Pacific Northwest and Land Rights