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Far West: The Story of British Columbia
Paperback - English

British Columbia's colourful story has been told many times, but until now no one has attempted to relate the chronicle specifically for young readers. From the gold rush to the Gumboot Navy and from brideships to W.A.C. Bennett, BC history comes alive in this highly illustrated and vivid account by award-winning writer and historian Daniel Francis.

Starting with the story of BC's aboriginal people and their lives prior to the arrival of the Europeans, Far West recounts first contact with early explorers such as Captain James Cook and Captain George Vancouver and the changes the fur trade brought to the New World. Francis then describes how BC was born, starting with the gold rush and Confederation eras, going through to modern times and speculating on BC's future.

On the way we meet interesting characters from BC's history, people such as Frances Barkley, the first European woman to visit British Columbia in 1787; Joe Capilano, who travelled to London, England, in 1906 to explain to the British king how BC's aboriginal people were displaced by white settlers; and Rosemary Brown, a Vancouver social worker who was the first black woman elected to political office in Canada in 1972.

Quotes from BC people--past and present--and anecdotal sidebars containing little-known BC facts spice up the text. Geared toward readers aged nine and up and richly illustrated with archival photographs, colourful paintings, maps and original illustrations, Far West is a must-have for every BC family.

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ADDITIONAL INFO

ISBN
EAN
9781550175325
Publisher
Publication Date
01/09/2010
Pages
176
Dimension
27.69cm x 21.34cm x 1.27cm
Age Group
7 to 11
Grades
2nd Grade to 6th Grade
Lexile Level
0
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About Author

Francis, Daniel
Daniel Francis worked for several years as a journalist, editor and researcher in Ottawa and Montreal before returning to live on the West Coast where he has con-tinued his career as one of the country's leading popular historians. He has written two dozen books, principally about Canadian history. Titles include "The Imaginary Indian: The Image of the Indian in Canadian Culture" and "A Road For Canada: The IIlustrated Story of the Trans-Canada Highway". He was editorial director of the mammoth "Encylopedia of British Columbia", hailed on its appearance in 2000 as one of the most important boo




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