Vancouver Island History
Here's a little history lesson on Vancouver Island, enjoy!
- It is assumed that Vancouver Island was created as a result of volcanic activity over a period of 200 million years, starting about 360 million years ago.
- It was most likely near present day Mexico, slowly migrating up towards California.
- For quite some time, both Britain and Spain occupied the region.
- New Westminister was declared the province's capital before Victoria.
- The "Malahat" was a completed gravel road in 1911. The first automobile made it over in June of 1911
- Archaeologists have determined that people have lived on Vancouver Island for about 9,000 years.
- Canada's oldest Chinatown is located in Victoria, B.C.
- Vancouver Island's first permanent resident was Dr.John Mackay.
- Native's occupied this island far earlier than any Europeons.
- The 49th parellel, which seperates Canada from the US, runs right through Ladysmith.
- Richard Blanshard becomes the first governor of Vancouver Island, but resigns within 18 months.
- In the 1800s small pox brought over by Europeon settlers decimate approximately 1/3rd of Native populations.
- In the 1870s BC join confederation, much to some's dismay that it should have become part of America.
- In 1910 mine workers strike due to unsafe work conditions
- In the 1920's the Tory leader Simon Fraser Tolmie imposes a tax of 1% on all incomes over $12 a week due to the stock market crash "Black Thursday".
- In the 1940's an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale rocks Courtenay, causing severe damage.
- Mary Bell is the first woman to swim the Strait Of Juan De Fuca in 1950.
- In the 1960's Victoria experiences Typhoon Frieda with gusts up to 145 km/hr.