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Upon Miguel Costanzó’s return to Mexico, his observations were incorporated into the first map of the Pacific coast to delineate the modern San Francisco Bay and to reflect geographic discovery since the area was charted by Vizcaíno. Carta Reducida del Oceano Asiático, ó Mar del Sur, dated October 30, 1770, was printed in Madrid the following year. 7 Didier Robert de Vaugondy, Carte de la Californie (Paris, 1774). Virginia Garrett Cartographic History Library, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

The work of Alcalá Galiano and Valdés resolved continued doubt of the existence of the strait of Anián in lower latitudes, and cartographic results of the expedition were published in two charts in Madrid in 1795 and in three maps in the atlas to the Viage de las Goletas Sutil y Mexicana (Madrid, 1802). While the Sutil and the Mexicana were at sea, the Aranzazu, commanded by Jacinto Caamaño, with Pantoja and Martínez Zayas as pilots, sailed from San Blas on March 20 and reached Nootka on May 14.

After meeting with the commander of Unalaska, Potap Zaikof, and learning of Russian interest in occupying Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island, Martínez and López de Haro initiated return southward to San Blas on August 18. Martínez and López de Haro not only confirmed Russian and English activity in territory claimed by Spain, but also produced a number of detailed maps delineating the coast from southeastern Alaska through the Aleutians and into Bering Strait. To prevent further encroachment, in December 1788 and January 1789, Viceroy Manuel Antonio Flores ordered Martínez to establish a fortified settlement at Nootka and secure Spanish control of the coast from San Francisco to Prince William Sound.

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