The Spanish Connection

In April 1790, a Spanish Captain named Pedro d’Alberni arrived on Vancouver Island to rebuild the Spanish fort San Miguel (Nootka Island), which was abandoned after Esteban Martinez had killed Callicum a close relative of Maquinna.

Pedro rebuit the Fort and also built barracks, houses, a small hospital, ovens and furnaces. A strong, courageous, diplomatic character, Alberni knew how to manage problems, even in difficult times. He gained the respect of all those around him including the First Nations and chief Maquinna, who considered Pedro his friend.

When Alberni left the region he left prosperity behind for all residents of the Nootka Sound and his commander honored him by naming the Alberni Inlet and the port at the head of the inlet after him.

Nootka Sound Potluck Ceramics

These artisan ceramics now connect the Alberni Inlet, Port Alberni and the Alberni Valley with the culture of the man who left them his name and legacy. Click here for more information about this interesting man.