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Fort Victoria fonds
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- textual record
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- Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the fonds.
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1844-1860, 1877-1895 (Creation)
- Hudson's Bay Company. Fort Victoria
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24 cm of textual records
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Fort Victoria was established as a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post by James Douglas on March 14, 1843 and became the headquarters for western operations of the Hudson's Bay Company in 1849. The original structure was a 100-yard-square enclosure that lay within the boundaries of present-day Government, Wharf, Broughton, and Bastion streets in the area known by the local First Nations as “Camosack.” The fort is notable for being the first European settlement on Vancouver Island and was known briefly as Fort Albert and Fort Camosun before being renamed in honour of the young Queen Victoria. Victoria Harbour was favoured over Esquimalt Harbour as the location for the fort due to the gently sloping land that surrounded the area and was suitable for agricultural purposes.
The last of the remaining fort buildings were demolished in November 1864.
Scope and content
The fonds consists of correspondence, account books, letterbooks, and fur tariffs of Fort Victoria and the Victoria Land Office of the Hudson's Bay Company. Fonds include a register of land purchased from Indians near Fort Victoria and a record of agreements with Indians at Fort Rupert, Nanaimo, Barkley Sound and Port Alberni.
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See series MS-0772 for details.
Restrictions on access
There is no general access to the original version of MS-0772.
For A/B/20/Vi3F (correspondence outward 1844-1849) use transcripts in A/B/20/Vi3FA
For A/C/20/Vi2 and Vi3 (correspondence re V.I. Colony 1850-1859) use transcripts in A/C/20/Vi2A and A/C/20/Vi3A
For A/D/20/S2t/J (correspondence from Fort St. James to HBC Victoria 1890-1892) use transcripts in A/D/20/S2T/JA
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Some series and item level descriptions are available.
For fur trade returns from Fort Victoria see A/B/20/V3, part of the Fort Vancouver fonds PR-1682
Archives code(s): MS-0772; MS-2040; A/B/20/Vi3F; A/C/15/H86; A/C/20/Vi2, A/C/20/Vi3; A/D/20/S2T/J; A/D/20/Vi9
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- Hudson's Bay Company (Subject)