CHINESE first arrived in BC at NOOTKA SOUND aboard British fur-trading vessels in 1788–89. They were mostly artisans, brought by John MEARES to build a trading post, then settle a small colony near YUQUOT. They also helped build the NORTH WEST AMERICA, the first sailing vessel launched on the coast. The fate of these 120 or so people is not known, but it is known that a small number of Chinese were present in the crews of vessels engaged in the maritime FUR TRADE. The next arrivals were...

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