Webber was the official artist on Captain Cook’s third voyage of 1776-80. Their vessel, the Resolution reached Nootka Sound on the west coast of New Albion (now Vancouver Island) on 29 March 1778, and remained until 26 April. This was the first sustained contact between Europeans and the native people of the region. Weber made drawings of their homes, costumes, artefacts, and the customs he encountered, as well as the surrounding landscape. Over thirty canoes, like the ones seen here, were rowed out into the Sound to greet Cook and his crew when they arrived.