The Gold Rush Of British Columbia

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The Gold Rush in British Columbia (B.C) marked the beginning of Canada’s multicultural society. It saw the mass immigration of foreign workers (particularly those from China and other Asian nations), dispersion of Native Americans, and intrusion of poor and middle class europeans seeking riches in the rumoured “El Dorado”. The exhibit attempted to argue these points through its much anticipated “Scholarly Insight” panel, titled Why study a gold rush? The panel identifies three key themes regarding the outcome of the B.C. Gold Rush: that it connected Canada to the rest of the world through the Pacific-Rim, it sparked mass immigration which caused conflicts amongst different ethnic groups, and the Gold Rush was the event that truly united Canada coast to coast. These points were also explored in Christopher Douglas Herbert’s article, A New Take on An Old Town. Exploring the impact through the Cariboo Gold Rush, many parallels can be drawn between the two events, particularly among the economic importance of the the territory to the nation of Canada.

Stemming from a lack of skilled labourers in B.C, the need for immigration was key in developing the idea of a Canadian “El Dorado”. Thankfully though, the enticement of gold was enough to do so. Dubbed Gold Rush Fever, it “went global in the 19th century. Gold rushes caused the first large scale world migrations.” And due to this immigration, “Nineteenth - century gold rushes shaped and reshaped trans - pacific networks of…

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