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The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft Description
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER V. POUNDING OF FORT CAMOSUN. 1843. Expedition From Fobt Vancouver -- Source Of Agricultural Supplies -- Thb Cowlitz Country -- Embark On The ' Beaver ' -- Visit To The Clal- ijkMS -- Anchob In Camosun Habbor -- Beauties Of The Surroundings -- Aboriginal Occupants -- Selection Of A Site -- Two Points Attract Attention -- Location Settled -- The Jesuit, Bolduc -- His Confer- Ence With The Natives -- The Fobt-builders Begin Operations -- Portentous Signs -- Bolduc Celebrates Mass -- He Visits Whidbby Island -- Douglas Departs For Tako -- Abandonment Of That Post, And Also Of Fort Mcljoughlin -- Return Of Douglas To Camosux With Reinforcements -- The Stockade Erected -- Arrival Of The 'cadboro' -- Ross Placed In Command -- Depasture Of Douglas With The ' Beaver ' And The ' Cadboro. ' The expedition for establishing a post on the southern point of Vancouver Island left Fort Vancouver the first day of March 1843.1 It consisted of some fifteen men, and was under the command of James Douglas.2 It had been determined that the posts of 1 As to the date of the first expedition to Royal Bay for the purpose of planting an establishment there, and of the beginning of the Fort Victoria buildings, there is a multiplicity of statements, although there is not the slightest difficulty in reaching the truth, strange as it may appear, if one goes to the right place for it. Thus Cooper, Maritime Matters, Mo., 2, who one would think should know, says ' tne fort was commenced in 1842 and completed in 1844, ' when in truth the site was no more than selected at the date nrst mentioned, while for nearly ten years after the time last named they were adding to the buildings. McKinlay, Narrative, MS., 7, was quite near it for him when he dates the founding 1840. Grant, in London Oe...
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