Definition of Gold Rush
Gold Rush of 1858 brought the first large influx of non-Natives
to mainland British Columbia. So many would-be miners came so
quickly that it must have seemed like an invasion to the First
Nations people already living here. Chinese people were part
of this wave, and like most other newcomers, they hoped to strike
But few prospectors ever found gold during the rush. When the mines petered
out, the effort and resources required to move on caused some people
to stay behind, while others drifted along to the next gold rush elsewhere.
For the Chinese, Canada still offered a chance at greater prosperity
than their homeland did, so many stayed in British Columbia. The wages
offered to the Chinese in Canada were generally lower than those offered
to other ethnicities,
although still much higher than those in China; this did not change until
after World War II.
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