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By Frederick Drimmer

Dazzling eyewitness money owed of Indian captivity by way of those who lived to inform the tale. Fifteen precise adventures recount pain and torture, bloody massacres, relentless objectives, impressive escapes, and adoption into Indian tribes. attention-grabbing old list and revealing photograph of Indian tradition and frontier lifestyles. creation. Notes.

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4 In short, Fort Victoria promised to serve ail thé needs of thé Company for a dépôt and agricultural base for its Pacific and coastal trade. However, thé place had to be made secure from potential Indian attack. Simpson, who knew native mores and had visited thé place in 1841, believed that a "very large population of daring, fierce and treacherous Indians" inhabited thé southern shore of Vancouver Island. Thus, when constructed, this wilderness Gibraltar would require a "heavy establishment" of forty or fifty men for its protection.

Regrettably, they were thé exception rather than thé rule. British government policy, however, possessed a différent character. Cook's instructions demanded that he be conciliatory and friendly. This same attitude is seen in Captain George Vancouver's orders of 1791. "10 During his survey of thé Northwest Coast, Vancouver acted with care, for he knew that beneath thé fragile façade of goodwill lay racial hatreds that might quickly rise into an incident of serious proportions. He also knew that unscrupulous traders such as thé Yankee pedlar John Kendrick were ready to cheat thé Indians in trade and provoke their wrath, and he realized that Maquinna of thé Nootka, Wicanninnish of thé Clayoquot, and other chiefs were rivais.

4 In short, Fort Victoria promised to serve ail thé needs of thé Company for a dépôt and agricultural base for its Pacific and coastal trade. However, thé place had to be made secure from potential Indian attack. Simpson, who knew native mores and had visited thé place in 1841, believed that a "very large population of daring, fierce and treacherous Indians" inhabited thé southern shore of Vancouver Island. Thus, when constructed, this wilderness Gibraltar would require a "heavy establishment" of forty or fifty men for its protection.

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