Monday, 11 May 2015
SS10-4: Intro to BC history
Today I gave a short lesson to set the scene as we move our focus to the west coast. We looked at the geography of the region as well as some of the geopolitical (imperialistic) forces at work. I spoke of "Manifest Destiny" and the risk from the influx of US citizens in the colony after gold was discovered on the Fraser River. We then met in groups of four to consider the situation faced by Governor James Douglas as he "welcomed" thousands of gold-hungry miners into the region. I was pleased with the quality of your deliberations. We spent the last part of class sharing our ideas and I fleshed out the role of Colonel RC Moody and his Royal Engineers, both in the creation of the Cariboo Road and the surveying of the new capital at New Westminster. There is no homework.