FRANCOPHONES were the among the first non-aboriginal people in BC. Six French Canadians accompanied Alexander MACKENZIE on his 1793 trek across the ROCKY MTS to the Pacific. French Canadian voyageurs were also part of the expeditions of Simon FRASER (among them Jules-Maurice QUESNEL) and David THOMPSON. In 1827 a group of 16 French Canadians travelled with James McMILLAN north from Fort Vancouver to the lower FRASER R, where they established FORT LANGLEY. By 1850, a total of 800 French...

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