Colonization and Community

Colonization and Community

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In the nineteenth century coal-miners imported from Europe, Asia, and eastern North America burrowed beneath the Vancouver Island towns of Nanaimo, Wellington, and Cumberland. No group was as numerous and influential in this enterprise as the hundreds of British immigrants who traveled half-way around the world to take up back-breaking work in the most remote colony in the Empire. What drew the British miners and their families to the north Pacific? Why did they set aside six months to journey to a colony about which they knew little? Once they reached Vancouver Island, what did they make of it and what did they make it into? And how did they re-make themselves in the process?The Asian presence in British Columbia in the late-nineteenth century and through much of the twentieth century is, in fact, ... British settlers working cheek by jowl with the indigenous population in mines or with imported Asian manual labour?

Title:Colonization and Community
Author:John D. Belshaw
Publisher:McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP - 2002-10-17


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