The SS Commodore, a British ship commanded by Captain James Nagle

In 1858, The Commodore carried a committee of 35 potential Black immigrants northward from California. The committee's task was to report to the San Francisco community on the suitability of Vancouver Island for Black settlement. The committee looked around Victoria and found that land there was cheap and the laws friendly to Blacks. They went home and recommended the move.

Royal BC Museum, BC Archives

193501-001 Call no.: B-02713
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