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By Gough Barr

Gunboat Frontier offers a clean and diversified interpretation of Indian-white family in nineteenth-century British Columbia. it focuses for the 1st time intimately at the interplay of West Coast Indians with British legislations and authority. This authority was once exercised via officials, seamen, marines, and ships of the Royal army on behalf of the colonail govt sof Vancouver Island and British Columbia, and, after 1871, of Canada.

The booklet comprises new ancient facts supplied through the Admiralty Papers--possibly the final, hitherto unused, significant files approximately nineteenth-century Northwest Coast Indian existence. Drawing on those and different governmental and archival files and quite a lot of secondary assets, the writer chronicles encounters among the Royal army and the Indians over missions, piracies, local slavery, liquor trafficking, and crims opposed to folks and estate, resulting in the final circumstances of "gunboat international relations" used opposed to Northwest Coast Indians within the past due 1880’s.

Publication of Gunboat Frontier will entire a huge trilogy by means of certainly one of Canada’s leading historians of teh maritime historical past of British Columbia and kin among Imperial governments and the west coast of North the USA. previous spouse volumes are far away Dominion (1980) and The Royal military and the Northwest Coast of North the United States, 1810-1914 (1971).

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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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