Fort Rupert

FORT RUPERT was built in 1849 by the HBC in Beaver Harbour, at the north end of VANCOUVER ISLAND near the site of COAL deposits in the territory of the KWAKWAKA'WAKW (Kwakiutl) people. The company imported 7 miners from Scotland, but with the discovery of coal more conveniently located at NANAIMO, mining ceased at Fort Rupert by 1852 (see COAL MINING, VANCOUVER ISLAND). The post continued to supply furs and shingles until 1883, when the company sold it to its factor, Robert Hunt. He operated a...

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