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  • The year is 1850. Sir James Douglas has been agent of Hudsons Bay Company and of the still recent lease of Vancouver Island for about a year now.
  • At the time Douglas and the current governor Richard Blanshard had many disputes. In this Blanchard realized that although he held governing power he couldn't overrule Douglas due to the HBC monoply. This bothered Blanchard, he later resigned.
  • On 16 May 1851 Douglas had been appointed governor and vice-admiral of Vancouver Island
  • The year is now 1858. With the rise of the new colony of British Colombia, Douglas was offered and accepted the role of governor on the condition that he broke his ties with the HBC
  • During his term Douglas took a loan without permission from Britain to create a 640Km road to where gold was recently discovered
  • Peoples complaints and his own inability to consult with Britain before taking out loans sealed the deal as his term was terminated by Britain in 1862.
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