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History of British Columbia, Canada

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 British Columbia, Canada

"British Columbia is Canada's most westerly province, and is a mountainous area whose population is mainly clustered in its southwestern corner. BC is Canada’s third-largest province after Québec and Ontario, making up 10 per cent of Canada’s land surface. British Columbia is a land of diversity and contrast within small areas. Coastal landscapes, characterized by high, snow-covered mountains rising above narrow fjords and inlets, contrast with the broad forested upland of the central interior and the plains of the northeast. The intense "Britishness" of earlier times is referred to in the province's name, which originated with Queen Victoria and was officially proclaimed in 1858." www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca

"The southern part of the area now known as British Columbia was called "Columbia", after the Columbia River. The central region was given the name of "New Caledonia" by explorer Simon Fraser. To avoid confusion with Colombia in South America and the island of New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean, Queen Victoria named the area British Columbia when it became a colony in 1858." www.nrcan.gc.ca




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  • 1778 - Captain James Cook of Great Britain reached Nootka Counda, first white man to set foot in B.C.

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm

  • 1787 - John Mackay first white man to live in B.C.

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm

  • 1846 - Oregon Treaty between United States, Great Britain signed; Britain relinquished claims to territory south of 49th parallel

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm

  • 1850 - Gold quartz discovered on west coast of Queen Charlotte Islands; coal miners struck at Nanaimo due to non-working mine, inferior coal, food shortages, danger from warring natives

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm

  • 1857 - Gold rush began after discovery at Fraser River

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm

  • 1858 - Colony of B.C. formed

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm

  • 1866 - Vancouver Island, B.C. united with passage of Imperial Act

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm

  • 1870--Population of British Columbia, 10,586 of immigrants and their descendants.

    www.statcan.gc.ca

  • 1871 - B.C. became 6th Canadian province (July 20)

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm

  • 1873
    BRITISH COLUMBIA, formerly NEW CALEDONIA, a province of the Dominion of Canada, bounded on the N. by the 60th parallel of latitude; E. by the main...Read MORE...


  • 1881 - Rogers Pass
    In order to find a route through the Selkirk Mountains in British Columbia, the Canadian Pacific Railway paid a surveyor names Major Albert Bowman...Read MORE...


  • The last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven into the ground on November 7th, 1885, at Craigellachie, B.C. This was six years ahead of the planned schedule that would have taken a full ten years.

    softschools.com

  • 1895 - British Columbia
    Brit'ish Colum'bia, a province of the Dominion of Canada, on the Pacific coast of North America, extending from the Rocky Mountains westward, bounded ...Read MORE...


  •  British Columbia, Canada
    Great Bluff on the Thompson River, B.C.

    Concise School Atlas of the Dominion of Canada: Historical and Physical Features of Provinces, Districts, and Territories of the Dominion by Canada Dept. of the Interior, 1900
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  •  British Columbia, Canada
    Kamloops, B.C.
    Postcard
  •  British Columbia, Canada
    Capilano Canyon and Flume, Vancouver, B.C.
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  • 1903 - Boundary between Alaska, B.C. established; railway employees struck, labour leader, Frank Rogers, killed while picketing (Canada's first martyr)

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm

  • 1908 - Peter Verigin, leader of the Doukhobours since his arrival in Canada in 1902, leads the extremist Sons of Freedom to British Columbia.

    fccs.ok.ubc.ca/about/links/resources/canadian-history/1868-to-1918.html

  • 1923 - Cumberland mine explosion killed 33; Chinese Immigration Act passed, ended all Chinese immigration to Canada

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm

  •  British Columbia, Canada
    The Royal Anne Hotel, Kelowna, B. C.
    Postcard
  • 1946 - 7.3 earthquake struck Courtenay on Vancouver Island

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm

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Kamloops, B.C.
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Capilano Canyon and Flume, Vancouver, B.C.
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Great Bluff on the Thompson River, B.C.

Concise School Atlas of the Dominion of Canada: Historical and Physical Features of Provinces, Districts, and Territories of the Dominion by Canada Dept. of the Interior, 1900
Artwork

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www.freeusandworldmaps.com
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The Royal Anne Hotel, Kelowna, B. C.
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  • 1778 - Captain James Cook of Great Britain reached Nootka Counda, first white man to set foot in B.C.

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm
  • 1787 - John Mackay first white man to live in B.C.

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm
  • 1846 - Oregon Treaty between United States, Great Britain signed; Britain relinquished claims to territory south of 49th parallel

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm
  • 1850 - Gold quartz discovered on west coast of Queen Charlotte Islands; coal miners struck at Nanaimo due to non-working mine, inferior coal, food shortages, danger from warring natives

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm
  • 1857 - Gold rush began after discovery at Fraser River

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm
  • 1858 - Colony of B.C. formed

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm
  • 1866 - Vancouver Island, B.C. united with passage of Imperial Act

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm
  • 1870--Population of British Columbia, 10,586 of immigrants and their descendants.

    www.statcan.gc.ca
  • 1871 - B.C. became 6th Canadian province (July 20)

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm
  • 1873
    BRITISH COLUMBIA, formerly NEW CALEDONIA, a province of the Dominion of Canada, bounded on the N. by the 60th parallel of latitude; E. by the main... Read MORE...

  • 1881 - Rogers Pass
    In order to find a route through the Selkirk Mountains in British Columbia, the Canadian Pacific Railway paid a surveyor names Major Albert Bowman... Read MORE...

  • The last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven into the ground on November 7th, 1885, at Craigellachie, B.C. This was six years ahead of the planned schedule that would have taken a full ten years.

    softschools.com
  • 1895 - British Columbia
    Brit'ish Colum'bia, a province of the Dominion of Canada, on the Pacific coast of North America, extending from the Rocky Mountains westward, bounded ... Read MORE...

  • 1903 - Boundary between Alaska, B.C. established; railway employees struck, labour leader, Frank Rogers, killed while picketing (Canada's first martyr)

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm
  • 1908 - Peter Verigin, leader of the Doukhobours since his arrival in Canada in 1902, leads the extremist Sons of Freedom to British Columbia.

    fccs.ok.ubc.ca/about/links/resources/canadian-history/1868-to-1918.html
  • 1923 - Cumberland mine explosion killed 33; Chinese Immigration Act passed, ended all Chinese immigration to Canada

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm
  • 1946 - 7.3 earthquake struck Courtenay on Vancouver Island

    www.worldatlas.com/ webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ bcztimeln.htm

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