By Beverley Boissery
Gold. With that one little be aware and its promise of terrific wealth, humans from all elements of the area got here to British Columbia within the 1850s and 1860s. such a lot have been in poor health built for the tough terrain, the icy water, and the inhospitable weather. a few stumbled on the motherlode. Others settled for changing into wealthy retailers. so much grew to become impoverished, and a mess misplaced their lives. With new roads and new settlers, the gold rush helped construct Canada’s West. This pictorial historical past tells the tales of the Fraser and Cariboo gold rush and of the lives enthusiastic about that tumultuous yet decisive occasion in Canadian history.
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Extra resources for Beyond Hope: An Illustrated History of the Fraser and Cariboo Gold Rush
Indeed, the law protected the rights of the Chinese miners and did so from the beginning when miners blockaded one of the first Chinese prospectors working a bar on the lower Fraser. Note the rocker at the extreme right. 64 Beverley Boissery and Bronwyn Short steamers to arrive because it carried Chinese passengers. Firm action by HBC Chief Trader Donald McLean ensured their safe landing and passage to Fort Langley, where they camped within the stockade’s protection. Once established, the Chinese thrived but never forgot the treatment they had endured in California.
When McGowan struck again the next day, they 32 Lieutenant Richard Charles Mayne acquitted himself admirably during the disturbance known as the Ned McGowan War. While serving aboard the HMS Plumper, he was sent together with fifty marines to help the Royal Engineers. After Moody and his men became marooned on the Enterprise he, Mayne, and Chief Justice Begbie travelled to Yale by whaleboat. His presence in the colony is permanently acknowledged by the name Mayne Island, one of the Gulf Islands.
The drivers were outstanding horsemen, able to drive for long hours in weather from scorching heat in summer to the 50 below zero of winter. ” Once the Fraser’s gold began running out, many miners pondered their futures. Some decided to go home. Others realized that British Columbia was a huge untapped wilderness with many potential sites for their personal el dorado. Some explored the Thompson River Valley and its streams before travelling further east. Most headed north, though, following the Fraser, and soon word leaked out that a new area promised riches beyond belief.