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By Beverley Boissery

Gold. With that one little note and its promise of amazing wealth, humans from all components of the area got here to British Columbia within the 1850s and 1860s. such a lot have been sick outfitted for the tricky terrain, the icy water, and the inhospitable weather. a few came upon the motherlode. Others settled for turning into wealthy retailers. so much grew to become impoverished, and a multitude misplaced their lives. With new roads and new settlers, the gold rush helped construct Canada’s West. This pictorial background tells the tales of the Fraser and Cariboo gold rush and of the lives keen on that tumultuous yet decisive occasion in Canadian history.

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Its reporter in Victoria, Donald Fraser, told of five men who mined a fortune of $105,000 from a claim measuring eighty by twentyfive feet in two months. “There are no low earnings,” Fraser assured his readers, and with reports such as these circulating throughout the world, another gold rush began. Men left wives and families, each believing they would become as wealthy as those they had read about. Many later 38 Mount Baker as prospectors like W. Champness and George Blair would have seen it as they set out from New Westminster.

Overblown and exaggerated though the whole incident proved to be, the handling of the so-called war proved to be a turning point in British control of the new colony. From that moment, everyone understood that the governor and his representatives had full control of law and order and that the rule of the gun would not be tolerated. Moreover, the American miners understood that they were guests in a British territory, according to an interested observer, Bishop George Hills. Hills, sent from England to provide spiritual oversight for the far-flung colony, was one of the Beyond Hope 33 later arrivals and thus disembarked in Esquimalt.

Champness reported similarly, and George Blair, who used Biblical phraseology fondly, described his first sighting of Chinese miners: “We saw a gold-washing for the first time. ” Some, who had been part of the Californian and Australian diggings, now sought this new opportunity to make their fortunes. Almost all, though, seized this chance to escape from California, where heavy taxes and restrictive immigration laws made their lives difficult. In British Columbia, they faced the same suspicion and resentment amongst miners that they had sought to escape.

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