Tatoosh Island
Tatoosh Island is a collective name for a small group of islands located one mile off the tip of Cape Flattery. Captain John Meares named the island Tatooche after Makah chief Tatootche.1 “Tatoosh” is the Chinook word for thunder bird or nourishing beast, which, according to Makah legend, was the creature that inhabited the island.2 The Cape Flattery Lighthouse was built on the main island in 1857 to guide ships into the Strait of Juan De Fuca.3 Other names that have been used to describe Tatoosh Island are “Tu-tutsh”, I“sla de Tutusi”, and “Tatouche”.4
  • 1. Robert Hitchman, Place Names of Washington (Tacoma: Washington State Historical Society, 1985), 298.
  • 2. Ibid.
  • 3. Ibid.
  • 4. Ibid.
Mentions of this place in the documents
Places in this document

Cape Flattery

Juan de Fuca Strait

The Colonial Despatches Team. Tatoosh Island. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria. https://bcgenesis.uvic.ca/tatoosh.html.

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