Were The Next Settlers? Why Did They Come?
Explain to students
that in 1849, Britain granted jurisdiction over the colony of Vancouver Island to the Hudson's Bay Co. who had been running
a fur trading post at Fort Victoria since the 1840s. Prior to the Gold Rush of
1858, B.C. had a population of only 700. With the news of a gold rush in the
Fraser, its population swelled to about 30 000.
Victoria became the service center for the miners
and grew in size.
After the gold
rush failed to produce as much gold as anticipated, many would be miners returned
to Victoria. Some asked for land on which to settle. Eventually Gov. Douglas released land in the Chemainus area, which
included Salt Spring.
copy the resources
included for each activity