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The Resettlement of British Columbia

Essays on Colonialism and Geographical Change

In this beautifully crafted collection of essays, Cole Harris reflects on the strategies of colonialism in British Columbia during the first 150 years after the arrival of European settlers. The pervasive displacement of indigenous people by the newcomers, the mechanisms by which it was accomplished, and the resulting effects on the landscape, social life, and history of Canada’s western-most province are examined through the dual lenses of post-colonial theory and empirical data. By providing a compelling look at the colonial construction of the province, the book revises existing perceptions of the history and geography of British Columbia.

336 pages

Table of Contents


1 Voices of Smallpox around the Strait of Georgia

2 Strategies of Power in the Cordilleran Fur Trade

3 The Making of the Lower Mainland

4 The Fraser Canyon Encountered

5 A Population Geography of British Columbia in 1881 / with Robert Galois

6 The Struggle with Distance

7 Industry and the Good Life around Idaho Peak

8 Farming and Rural Life / with David Demeritt

9 Making an Immigrant Society

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