Point Riou (historical) in Valdez-Cordova (CA) Borough AK


Point Riou (historical), Valdez-Cordova (CA) Borough, Alaska

Point Riou (historical) is a physical feature (cape) in Valdez-Cordova (CA) Borough.

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Feature Name: Point Riou (historical)
Category: Alaska physical, cultural and historic features
Feature Type: Physical
Class: Cape
Description: extends SW into Gulf of Alaska, near S entrance of Icy Bay, 64 mi. NW of Yakutat, Malaspina Coastal Plain.
History: Named by Vancouver (1798, v. 3, p. 204) June 28, 1794, probably in honor of Edward Riou, midshipman of the Third Cook Expedition. Tebenkof (1852, map 7) calls it "Nizmennoi," meaning "low" although he also includes, beneath the name, the Russian transliteration of Riou, which is shown on later Russian Hydrographic Dept. charts as Rio. This may also be the point of land the La Perouse map shows as "Pointe de Boussole" although some authorities feel the name applies to what is now called "Cape Manby." La Perouse appears not to have mentioned "Pointe de Boussole" in his text which would indicate that the name was added when the map was drawn later in Paris (Wagner, 1937, p. 434). The Boussole was one of La Perouse's ships.
Borough: Valdez-Cordova (CA) Borough
Latitude: 59.8786125183
Longitude: -141.45249939
GNIS ID: 1408127

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