Aristazabal Island

Aristazabal Island (French: île Aristizabal) is an island situated south west of Princess Royal Island in British Columbia, Canada. It has an area of 420 square kilometres (160 sq mi).[1] The island was named on August 30, 1792, by Lieutenant Commander Jacinto Caamaño of the Spanish corvette Aranzazu[2] for the Spanish captain Gabriel de Aristazábal, one of the most noted Spanish commanders of the time.[3] Incidentally, the misspelling "Aristizable" appears on a chart owned by the English explorer, George Vancouver.[4]

Surrounding Islands

Thomson Island is situated west of Aristazabal Island in Borrowman Bay.[5]


  1. ^ Sea Islands Archived May 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., The Atlas of Canada
  2. ^ Walbran, John T. (1909). British Columbia coast names, 1592-1906, to which are added a few names in adjacent United States territory ; their origin and history, with map and illustrations. Ottawa: Government Printing Bureau. Pg. 24: Named by Lieut. Commander Jacinto Caamafio, of the Spanish corvette Aranzazu, ....
  3. ^ "Aristazabal Island". BC Geographical Names. Named 30 August 1792 by Lieutenant Commander Jacinto Caamaño of the Spanish corvette "Aranzazu", in honour of Gabriel de Aristazábal, comandante de la armada
  4. ^ "Aristazabal Island". BC Geographical Names. Captain Vancouver misspelled this "Aristizable" on his chart.
  5. ^ "Thomson Island". BC Geographical Names.

Coordinates: 52°40′N 129°10′W / 52.667°N 129.167°W

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