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Thursday, February 7, 2013

The tale of a slave from Olympia

This is what Victoria looked like when Charles Mitchell arrived in 1860. In the late 1850s, 300 black men and their families had immigrated from California to the boomtown. H.O. Tiedemann painted this view from the Songhees village across the harbor, where the Songhees had relocated after signing a treaty in 1850.