On August 2nd, 1858, British Columbia was officially proclaimed a Colony. The position of governor was offered to James Douglas, who was also serving as governor of the Crown Colony of Vancouver Island at the time. British Columbia was a crown colony from 1858-1866. There were three major factors in the final decision to proclaim British Columbia as a Colony. Throughout the 19th century there was conflict between the British Government and the American Government as a result of territorial claims in the Pacific Northwest. Both the Britain’s and the Americans were trying to strengthen their claims to land through economic development and settlement. After the British Government discovered gold in the lower main land they became concerned with the large population of American miners in the area, and they worried it would lead to the American Government taking the land and combining it with Oregon territory. Not only did the British Government want to ensure their land remained in their hands but also the wanted the security of protected gold resources on the land. Finally the government wanted to keep the peace between Aboriginal people and the miners. Miners from Oregon territory began entering Aboriginal land during the gold rush, increasing the conflict between the aboriginals who believed the land and its resources belonged to them. The British Government believed they needed to create a British Colony that had the power and authority to defend Aboriginal rights. Canada was proclaimed an independent establishment and then considered secure.
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