GERMANS were among the first Europeans to arrive in BC, beginning with Heinrich Zimmerman, a coxswain serving on James COOK's ship Resolution in 1778. Among the most prominent colonists of the FUR TRADE era was John S. HELMCKEN, a member of the first provincial LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY and one of the delegates who negotiated BC's entry into CONFEDERATION. Several German naturalists made visits to BC during the 19th century: the writings of Berthold Seemann, A.E. Johann and Aurel Klaus heightened...

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