Nootka Sound is a trading post and landing ground on the Pacific north-west coast of the Americas, in what was formerly Spanish America.
James Delaney inherited this plot of land from his father, Horace Delaney, to the displeasure of Sir Stuart Strange and the East India Company that needs that point of the coast for their own naval trade.
- "This Nootka Sound is a curse. It will bring the King and Empire down upon your head."
- ― Brace expressing concern to James
- Sir Stuart Strange: "As you will see, the small piece of land your father bought off the Indians is now by virtue of geography a point of contention between His Majesty's Government and the cursed United States. [..] Ah, well, you will understand, then, that private ownership of the Nootka Sound landing ground represents an opportunity for our enemies who dispute its sovereignty when the time comes to draw the border."
- James Delaney: "Yes, I know. I also know that the British and American Government are preparing to begin their secret peace talks in Ghent, aren't they? And negotiators are preparing depositions to draw the Canadian-American border for when the current hostilities end. And because of the strategical position of Nootka Sound, whoever owns it has legal entitlement to the entire island of Vancouver, which is... Well, which is the gateway to China. So this small piece of land that my father bought for beads, bless him, and gunpowder, some 30 years ago, actually will be very, very valuable to the Crown and to the East India, but also incredibly valuable to the Americans."
- ― making it clear the true potential of Nootka Sound
- "To his son, James Keziah Delaney, is left the only existing assets of the Delaney estate, including the Nootka trading post and landing ground on the Pacific north-west coast of the Americas, in what was formerly Spanish America."
- ― Thoyt reading the last will and testament of Horace Delaney
- Nootka Sound is an inlet or “sound” (basically a narrow ocean channel between two bodies of land) on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, which is now located in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is part of the traditional territory of the indigenous Nuu-chah-nulth Native American tribe, depicted in Taboo as being the tribe of James Delaney’s (Tom Hardy) mother.