Gold Rush, Fraser River

GOLD RUSH, FRASER RIVER, began in 1858 when some 25,000 to 30,000 prospectors, mainly Americans, flocked to the FRASER R. Aboriginal people had found traces of GOLD on the upper Fraser R near FORT ALEXANDRIA in 1853 and on a tributary of the THOMPSON R in 1856, and the HBC outfitted them with equipment and encouraged them to seek more. Fearing an influx of outsiders, James DOUGLAS, HBC chief factor and governor of VANCOUVER ISLAND, attempted to keep the discoveries secret but in 1857 word...

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