British Columbia -Declared a Crown Colony- in 1858
By an Act of the British parliament passed in August , 1858, the new Colony of British Columbia was created.. The area of Northern British Columbia, up to the 60th degree of latitude was not extended until 1863.
The mainland, known as New Caledonia and British Columbia previously to 1866, was also long the domain of the Hudson's Bay Company, and it was not until 1858 that it became a crown colony.
On November 19th 1858, British Columbia was declared Crown Colony. The cermony took place in "The Big House" in Fort Langley.
Judge Baillie Begbie, the newly apointed Chief Justice, swore in James Douglas as the first Governer of the new Crown Colony, British Columbia.