ITALIAN immigration to BC began with the arrival of Father Giovanni Nobili and other Jesuit missionaries who worked in the OKANAGAN VALLEY in the 1840s. They were not the first Italians to set foot in the province, however. That distinction belongs to the mariner Alejandro MALASPINA; sailing in the service of Spain, he arrived at NOOTKA SOUND in 1791. Large-scale immigration of Italians commenced at the end of the 19th century, and newcomers settled throughout BC wherever the opportunity for...

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