Company, Crown and Colony: The Hudson's Bay Company and by Stephen A. Royle

By Stephen A. Royle

The Hudson’s Bay corporation was once one of many nice service provider businesses. Granted sole buying and selling rights to an incredible half what's now Canada they have been coerced within the mid 19th century to establish a colonial management on Vancouver Island to guard British pursuits at a time of starting to be expansionism from the US to the south and attainable threats from a Russian Alaska to the north. corporation, Crown and Colony tells the tale of the demanding situations they confronted. Drawing on wealthy archival assets the writer offers a close account of this turbulent interval, revealing the problems confronted through a number one service provider corporation as they sought to unravel their conflicting pursuits of trade and cost in a posh state of affairs, and offering clean and full of life insights into the emergence of a area of North the USA that's this present day one of many vital advertisement centres of Canada.

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100 ‘Mutiny’ and ‘barratry’: the voyage of Colinda The most difficult voyage was that of Colinda, Captain John Powell Mills, in 1853. Archibald Barclay informed Douglas that in steerage it was planned there would be forty Norwegian and a Swedish labourers, forty-three miners, a blacksmith and a carpenter. Cabin passengers were to include two women relatives of HBC men on the island. 102 The ship had been chartered by the HBC to carry goods and 212 passengers (not Barclay’s promised 234) including coal miners and company servants direct from London to Victoria without touching land, presumably to ensure that opportunities for jumping ship did not arise.

95 The disquiet lasted for a couple of weeks, after which the log reverts to a routine listing of weather conditions and position. ’ He ‘took charge of the ship and no matter how hard the weather he would remain on deck night and day and was always ready at a moment’s notice’. What Wishart did not do was to interfere in the passengers’ fights, but generally, Helmcken recorded, there was little trouble. Inevitably there was boredom: Helmcken spent many hours making birdcages from strips of bamboo.

147 The basic lineaments of the process were laid out by Walter Colquhoun Grant, the first ‘squire’. 149 In his 1862 book Duncan Macdonald wrote that ‘Emigration has always been and will continue to be an important feature in the colonial policy of England. e. some wealth) to migrate, rather than labourers, advising that ‘gentlemen agriculturalists’ or ‘brokendown swells’ should not go to Vancouver Island it not being a place of refinement: ‘cats in gloves catch no mice. 152 The Wakefield theory was not entirely successful on Vancouver Island.

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