BLACKS began arriving in BC in 1858 from California, where discriminatory laws were making their lives intolerable. An advance party sailed to VICTORIA aboard the Commodore; they received a positive welcome and more followed until about 800 newcomers had settled in the colony. They were ordinary settlers, not fugitives from slavery, and by and large they received equal treatment. A few ventured to the goldfields but most opened businesses in Victoria or took up land elsewhere on the Island (see...

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