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.
In their entirety, this eloquent collection of nine essays constitute a provocative and unique investigation into the meaning of colonialism and geographical change in the province.
Cole Harris was born and raised in British Columbia and has been a distinguished member of the Department of Geography at UBC for many years. Currently the co-editor of BC Studies, he is especially well known as the editor of the first volume of the Historical Atlas of Canada: From the Beginning to 1800.
Introduction 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