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    DescriptionIn 1858, over eight decades had passed since Captain James Cook claimed the shores of what would become British Columbia for the British crown, but European settlers had shown little interest in the new lands. The non-aboriginal population was only about 700. Then gold was discovered on the shores of the Fraser River and, overnight, the lonely outpost of empire was overrun by some 30,000 fevered gold-seekers. The raucous sourdough hordes were mostly American and treated the new territory as an extension of the United States. The fragile colonial administration in Victoria was overwhelmed and the territory's future as a British possession hung in the balance. But by the time the gold rush wound down a decade later, the colony of British Columbia had come into being and BC's destiny as a part of Canada was sealed. "In The Trail of 1858, BC Almanac" host Mark Forsythe and coauthor Greg Dickson augment their historical research with contributions from CBC listeners that give the gold rush story a personal, folksy feel. Making liberal use of historic photos, the authors celebrate memorable personalities from this epic time: the stern but sensible Judge Matthew Begbie; the peacemaking Chief Spintlum; Nam Sing, the first Chinese miner in the Cariboo; overlander Catherine Schubert; high-rolling miners Billy Barker and Cariboo Cameron; and a host of others. "The Trail of 1858" is a combination of fact and memory of the colourful characters who helped form this province; it is a book from which history truly jumps.

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    The Trail of 1858
    British Columbia's Gold Rush Past
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Forsythe, By (author) Greg Dickson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 222
    Width: 213 mm
    Height: 251 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    ISBN 13: 9781550174243
    ISBN 10: 155017424X

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.6
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    BIC subject category V2: WQH
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/LATE18
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET034
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CANADN
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBCB
    Ingram Theme: GEOG/BRITCO
    DC22: 971
    BIC subject category V2: 3JH
    BISAC V2.8: HIS006010
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    Illustrations note
    b/w illus & maps
    Harbour Publishing
    Imprint name
    Harbour Publishing
    Publication date
    01 November 2007