Douglas, James

DOUGLAS, James, fur trader, governor of Vancouver Island 1851–63, of BC 1858–64 (b 15 Aug 1803, Demerara, British Guiana; d 2 Aug 1877, Victoria). He was the most influential person in the history of colonial BC. The son of a Creole woman and a Scottish merchant, he was educated in Scotland and apprenticed to the NORTH WEST CO at age 16. His time as a Nor'wester was spent in eastern Canada. Following the 1821 merger of the NWC with the HBC, he joined the reorganized HBC and came out to NEW...

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