by Daniel Francis
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 “bride ships” to W.A.C. Bennett, BC history comes alive for young readers 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.