Mrs. F.G. had a close look at this bolt of cloth, and regretted she didn't have a pair of scissors to surreptitiously cut off a yard or so!
At this time the Oregon Country included much of present-day Oregon, Washington and southern British Columbia. The British argued that the 42nd parallel should be the border; the U.S. that "54-40" should be the border. After Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific at the mouth of the Columbia, and Simon Fraser reached the mouth of the Fraser, the final compromise was the 49th parallel. During the years following this decision, gold was discovered in the Fraser Valley. Thirty thousand men descended on Fort Langley! In response, Governor James Douglas declared the establishment of the Colony of British Columbia at Fort Langley. So this in a very real way was where British Columbia started.