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         In the later part of the 19th century from 1850 and on, hundreds of thousands of people came from all over Canada and the U.S. traveled to British Columbia and the Yukon because of gold discoveries. Their where two types of gold found, hard rock gold and placer or alluvial gold. The gold found in British Columbia and the Yukon where mainly hard rock gold. this gold needed special equipment to harvest it properly. Placer gold could be harvested by any one because it didn’t need any special equipment to get it, you could just stand in the river and grab it.

 

        The gold rush originally started in 1856 when natives found gold on the Thompson River. The natives collected all the gold they could carry and sold it all to the Hudson Bay Company, about three years later (give or take a year or so) the news of the gold mine was all over Canada and the U.S. By April 1858 the first ships of many full of greedy miners docked in Victoria. On those first ships there where about 400 miners which was more then all of the Victoria population.

 

        Wile these greedy miners where crossing to the main land they found huge amounts of gold in the Fraser River. About 30 thousand people took part in the Fraser River Gold Rush. And it wasn't just the miners who where looking into this, there where miners, suppliers, innkeepers, builder and basically any one who could find a way to profit from the rush.

 

       The Arrival of these people changed Canada's region forever. Before the rush the mainland population was mostly natives, and a few H.B.C. fur traders. These immigrants made small town's get huge, trails where cleared into roads, and the streamers piled on the sides of the lakes

    As Ozzy Osborne sings "Wondering if Mother Earth

    will survive, Hoping that mankind will stop

    abusing her sometime." But back to the Gold Rush, there was so many miners that miners where the upholders of the law, whatever they said  was law. And worst of all these Miners where Americans.

 

        Canada caught on to these facts and decided to do something about it because they where afraid that the Americans might try something funny and try and claim Canadian territory as part of the U.S. which wouldn't be funny at all. So to prevent this from happening to Canada, in November 1858 Governor James Douglas forced the miners to get a licence to continue mining. Some miners went home and the others had to obey the law and fallowed the gold inland.

 

         In the later part of the 19th century from 1850 and on, hundreds of thousands of people came from all over Canada and the U.S. traveled to British Columbia and the Yukon because of gold discoveries. Their where two types of gold found, hard rock gold and placer or alluvial gold. The gold found in British Columbia and the Yukon where mainly hard rock gold. this gold needed special equipment to harvest it properly. Placer gold could be harvested by any one because it didn’t need any special equipment to get it, you could just stand in the river and grab it.

 

        The gold rush originally started in 1856 when natives found gold on the Thompson River. The natives collected all the gold they could carry and sold it all to the Hudson Bay Company, about three years later (give or take a year or so) the news of the gold mine was all over Canada and the U.S. By April 1858 the first ships of many full of greedy miners docked in Victoria. On those first ships there where about 400 miners which was more then all of the Victoria population.

 

        Wile these greedy miners where crossing to the main land they found huge amounts of gold in the Fraser River. About 30 thousand people took part in the Fraser River Gold Rush. And it wasn't just the miners who where looking into this, there where miners, suppliers, innkeepers, builder and basically any one who could find a way to profit from the rush.

 

       The Arrival of these people changed Canada's region forever. Before the rush the mainland population was mostly natives, and a few H.B.C. fur traders. These immigrants made small town's get huge, trails where cleared into roads, and the streamers piled on the sides of the lakes

    As Ozzy Osborne sings "Wondering if Mother Earth

    will survive, Hoping that mankind will stop

    abusing her sometime." But back to the Gold Rush, there was so many miners that miners where the upholders of the law, whatever they said  was law. And worst of all these Miners where Americans.

 

        Canada caught on to these facts and decided to do something about it because they where afraid that the Americans might try something funny and try and claim Canadian territory as part of the U.S. which wouldn't be funny at all. So to prevent this from happening to Canada, in November 1858 Governor James Douglas forced the miners to get a licence to continue mining. Some miners went home and the others had to obey the law and fallowed the gold inland.

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