LETTER: Defending Juan de Fuca’s legacy

LETTER: Defending Juan de Fuca’s legacy

I appreciate the article in the Jan. 31 edition about the Greek heritage project and museum, Museum traces roots of Victoria’s earliest Greek settlers.

It is unfortunate that there is a glaring error in that “Kapiotis” and “Vienna” are in fact the same person. Also, although the reporter does not believe that Juan de Fuca, aka Ioannis Phokas, did sail into what is now the Strait of Juan de Fuca, many other historians do believe him.

Using an otherwise positive opportunity to boost a local history project by arguing against its information based on only one source is not helpful. Contacting me before publishing would have given both of us an opportunity to be closer to correct.

Wendy Smylitopoulos