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Kilts on the Coast: The Scots Who Built BC
     

Kilts on the Coast: The Scots Who Built BC

by Jan Peterson
 

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When the Hudson's Bay Company decided to establish its new Pacific coast headquarters at Fort Victoria oh Vancouver Island in 1843, the Island was a pristine paradise-or an isolated wilderness, depending on one's point of view—that had sustained its First Nations inhabitants for millennia.

It was Scots who answered the call of the HBC and came to the Island

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When the Hudson's Bay Company decided to establish its new Pacific coast headquarters at Fort Victoria oh Vancouver Island in 1843, the Island was a pristine paradise-or an isolated wilderness, depending on one's point of view—that had sustained its First Nations inhabitants for millennia.

It was Scots who answered the call of the HBC and came to the Island to manage the Company's business, engaging in the fur trade and establishing coal-mining ventures. From founding father James Douglas and other high-placed Company men to thee humble miners from Orkney and Ayrshire who came to work in Nanaimo's mines, the Scottish influence on the young Colony of Vancouver Island was indelible.

Kilts on the Coast focuses on the people and the events that sparked settlement and growth in the Colony during six critical years, 1848 to 1854, and delves deep into the roots of the Scottish presence, tracing the lives of such pioneers as Dr. William Tolmie, Robert Dunsmuir, Walter Grant and their descendants.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781927051276
Publisher:
Heritage House
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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