Douglas becomes Governor but remains Chief Factor of the Hudson's Bay Company (to 1858)

Governor Blanshard resigns and returns home to England. James Douglas becomes Governor of Vancouver Island and remains HBC Chief Factor. The instatement of Douglas as Governor now meant he held two roles, one representing the interests of the Hudson’s Bay Company and one representing the interests of the British colonial government.

Margaret A. Ormsby, “DOUGLAS, Sir JAMES,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography, vol. 10, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed March 20, 2021,

Sage, W.N. (Walter Noble). Sir James Douglas and British Columbia. (Toronto: The University of Toronto Press, 1930), 170