Place Published: London
Publisher: George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode (printer)
Date Published: 1859
Edition: 1st Edition
First edition. At head of title: Anno vicesimo secundo & vicesimo tertio Victoriae Reginae. An Act to make further Provision for the Regulation of the Trade with the Indians, and for the Administration of Justice in the North-western Territories of America.
3 pages, -159.
Cap. XXVI. Running title: North-western Territories (British America). Imprint from colophon.
This Acts key points:
• Justices of the Peace in the British American Indian Territories authorized to try Offences summarily, and punish by Fine or Imprisonment. Her Majesty may deem expedient for the Conduct of the Trade with the Indians, and for diminishing or preventing the Sale and Distribution of Spirits to the Indians, or for promoting their Moral and Religious Improvement.
• The Power to establish Courts of Record not to be affected
• Her Majesty, by Order in Council, may make Regulations for the Trade with the Indians
• Hudson's Bay Company, British Columbia, and Vancouver Island not affected.
• The Crown reserves the right to make regulations for the conduct of trade with the Indians (including the diminish or preventing the sale of spirits) and for the erection of Indian Colonies.
The Regulation of the Fur Trade Act of 1821 which provided the Hudson’s Bay Company exclusive rights to trade within the “Indian territories” (the Northwest Territories) lying outside Rupert’s Land and not yet annexed by existing colonies expires in 1859 after being renewed once in 1838 for a period of 21 years. Trading licenses over Vancouver Island and the mainland are already withdrawn by 1849 and 1858 respectively, upon their establishments as colonies.
Near Fine. Item #8831