CROATIANS first came to BC during the 1858 GOLD RUSH. One early settler, Samuel Miletich, arrived in VICTORIA from San Francisco and opened the Adelphi Saloon, which became the focus of a block of downtown buildings known as the Adelphi Block. In 1883 Dominic Bussanich and Antonio Cosulich established a small fish cannery on WESTHAM ISLAND and the community of PORT GUICHON (now part of LADNER) was established as the first permanent Croatian settlement in Canada. By the 1890s a steady stream of...

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