British Columbia in Confederation

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British Columbia in Confederation

Amor de CosmosAmor promoted union with Canada through his newspaper and, as a founding member of the Confederation League, helped organize the Yale Conference that formalized the demands for union. For a time he held seats in both the provincial and federal legislatures, and served as British Columbia's premier from 1872 to 1874.

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Anthony MusgraveAppointed governor of New Foundland. Musgrave believed confederation with Canada would solve the island's problems and spent much of his term for the cause.

Fredrick Seymour He was appointed governor of mainland British Columbia in 1864 but he left the following year for consultations with the Colonial Office in England. Returned in 1866 as governor of the united colony of BC under an Act of union.

President GrantUlysses S. Grant was the leader of the Union Army. Later Ulysses S. Grant became president of the United States twice.

After the gold rush had ended, the miners went back to the US or went deeper into the wilderness looking for more riches.

Dr. John HelmckenJohn Sebastian Helmcken was a British Columbia physician who played a prominent role in bringing the province into Confederation. He served as Speaker, first for the Victoria legislature and then the united British Columbia assembly, between 1856 and 1871. He was also the founding president of the British Columbia Medical Association.

John Robson and James DouglasJohn Robson was a newspaperman and politician who supported British Columbia joining Confederation. He served as the province's premier from 1871 to 1873, and from 1882 to 1892.James Douglas became the would be Governor of British Columbia and during the gold rush he was worried about all the american miners that were in BC.

In my opinion, BC should made the right decision joining confederation. BC was in an economic depression due to the gold rush. But also had massive debt due to rapid population growth. They had very little options and Confederation was that beam of light.

BC negotiated with Canada and the generosity of the term was met with a bit of disbelief as to their generosity. The issure that they did have was that the railway was promised to be built in 10 years was barely even starting and so BC threatened to join the US and so the rail was built 5 years behind schedule. Today those problems aren't really a problem.


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