The Fraser Canyon Gold Rush
Not any history of British Columbia could ever end up being complete with out some mention of the gold dash. One of the guys credited together with the first rare metal discoveries in British Columbia was afterwards a farmer only outside the walls of Fortification Langley. One more took up a pre-emption over the river from your fort at Albion. A single man awarded with the platinum discovery which resulted in 31, 000 miners swarming in to New Caledonia in 1858 was Adam Huston.
The gold, the Indians delivered to McLean was sent to you’re able to send headquarters for Fort Exito, and David Douglas, Key Factor in demand of the American Department with the Company, forwarded it for the San Francisco mint. It was the arrival of this small pocket or purse of platinum which started out the stampede of miners, 30, 000 of them, to Forts Victoria and Langley in the early spring of 1858. Fort Langley no longer bothered with the trading furs or curing fish. It was much more profitable outfitting miners in food and clothing. For the to begin half of 1858 Fort Langley did a roaring business- as much as $1, 500 within a day. Miners, bound pertaining to the goldfields, were pressured by the scarcity of canoes to linger about the stockade and get provisions in the shop. Miner's tents covered the shoreline west of the fort walls.
About July 5 the Big surprise, an American Stermwheeler, reached the fort as well as its captain requested a preliminary to Ft Hope. A great Indian named Speel-set volunteered and the yacht reached Expect in safety rendering it the new mind of routing. Later that same, the Umatilia, approved beyond Hope to Fort Yale. These incidents reduced Ft Langley's importance but offered Fort Yale a new lease contract on lifestyle. Allard was sent right now there to impose for the duration of the gold dash.
Earlier, Douglas, realizing the effect the sudden influx of miners may have on the nation, wrote to the Home Authorities in England imploring them to move quickly. They did. Douglas at the same time suggested a armed service force become sent out to police inside the...