Colony of the Queen Charlotte Islands

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Colony of the Queen Charlotte Islands
Colony of British North America
1853-1863
Flag of Queen Charlotte Islands
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Government
 • TypeColonial Administration
Monarch 
• 1853-1863
Victoria
Governor 
• 1853-1863
James Douglas
History 
• Established
1853
• Disestablished
1863
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Haida people
Colony of British Columbia (1858-1866)

Colony of the Queen Charlotte Islands was a British colony constituting the archipelago of the same name (which in 2010 was renamed Haida Gwaii) from 1853 to July 1863, when it was amalgamated into the Colony of British Columbia.

The Queen Charlotte Colony was created by the Colonial Office in response to the increase in American marine trading activity resulting from the gold rush on Moresby Island in 1851. No separate administration or capital for the colony was ever established, as its only officer or appointee was James Douglas, who was simultaneously Governor of Vancouver Island.

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Coordinates: 53°15′00″N 132°15′00″W / 53.25000°N 132.25000°W / 53.25000; -132.25000