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Private, Compañía Fija de San Blas, 1794-1795

Caption: Private, Compañía Fija de San Blas, 1794-1795

The Compañía Fija de San Blas (or 'fixed [i.e. garrison] company of San Blas') was raised in Mexico in 1788 to stand guard at the Spanish naval bas at San Blas. A detachment of the unit took over as the garrison at Nootka during 1794-1795. The blue and yellow uniform worn by this man is completed by white gaiter-trousers and a white waistcoat, which records say were issued to the company. The berries this man is enjoying are not an official issue... Reconstruction by David Rickman. (Parks Canada)