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Mulazzo, Massa-Carrara, Italia

Communiqué No. 4              December 20, 2000

Edited by Dario Manfredi, translated by John Black


1. The collaboration between the Alexandro Malaspina Research Centre in Nanaimo and our Centro is developing in more and more focused and useful ways. In particular, we should like to mention that the site
has been enhanced with a section devoted to images, in which are included:
    - portraits of Malaspina;
    - material regarding vessels and navigation;
    - views of places visited by the Malaspina Expedition (sketches made at the time and contemporary photographs).

     The Alexandro Malaspina Research Centre wishes to announce that anyone wishing to be included in its electronic distribution list is asked to communicate with John Black, whose e-mail address is: black@mala.bc.ca.

2.    The family of Roberta and Camillo Giovannacci, of Mulazzo, has donated to the Centro di Studi Malaspiniani a very rare image of the battle-flag that the Commune of Mulazzo gave in 1940 to the submarine Malaspina of the Italian Royal Navy. As is well known, that vessel was lost in action during the war: the photo of the flag is all that remains. For that reason we thought it might be interesting to reproduce the photo here.


     Volume LI (1999) of the magazine Archivio Storico per le Province Parmensi [Historical Archive of the Provinces of Parma] has just appeared. It contains an article by D. MANFREDI, "Spigolature malaspiniane [Malaspinian Gleanings]." In this work are presented numerous recent small discoveries and insights regarding the life of the Navigator.


     The Canadian researcher Nick Doe is seeking some information.
     Nick Doe (Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada) is trying to discover (so far without
success) the origin of the name of the island on which he lives, and he would like to know if anyone has any ideas to put forward.
     The name "Gabriola" clearly derives from the "Punta de Gaviola", so-called by the expedition of Francisco de Elisa to the Strait of Georgia (1791). Some have supposed that "Gaviola" derives from "Gaviota", but this explanation is hardly very convincing.
     Another possibility would be that "Gaviola" or "Gabiola" were Basque surnames, but
the search for such surnames, among Spanish government officials or officers of the Royal Navy deserving of having a geographical landmark named after them, has so far yielded no result.
     To contact Nick Doe directly: nickdoe@island.net


This news-bulletin is the last of the year 2000. We hope to be able to continue in 2001 - first year of the third millennium - with contents more and more useful and interesting. Best wishes to all.

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