James Douglas, Governor of the British colony of Vancouver Island (1851-64) and of British Columbia (1858-64)

Historians believe that the Black settlers from San Francisco came to Victoria in 1858 at the specific invitation of the governor. James Douglas had been an employee of the Hudson's Bay Company when he founded Fort Victoria in 1843 and, in 1851, he was named second governor of the British colony of Vancouver Island.

Royal BC Museum, BC Archives
ca. 1860
193501-001 Call no.: A-01229
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