James Douglas resigns from HBC to become Governor of mainland Colony of BC

James Douglas’ dual loyalties as Hudson’s Bay Company Chief Factor and the mainland colony’s governor comes under fire as he uses his powers as governor to limit the entry of gold miners into New Caledonia (British Columbia) so as to protect the Hudson’s Bay Company’s trading monopoly on the mainland. Consequently, James Douglas is forced cut ties with the Hudson’s Bay Company to maintain his position as governor to Vancouver Island and the mainland colonies.

Sage, W.N. (Walter Noble). Sir James Douglas and British Columbia. (Toronto: The University of Toronto Press, 1930), 209-210, 218-219.